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Despite policy change, immigration hurdles remain

While illegal immigrants nationwide celebrate the Obama administration’s changing an immigration policy that will allow about one million people to become citizens, those people still have a long way to go.

“Not just any lawyer is going to be able to deal with this,” said Valley attorney Adrian Fontes on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Karie & Chuck Show. “I mean, if your specialty is dealing with child support, this isn’t something they’re going to be able to do. You know, folks always have to be careful. Law is like medicine, you don’t want a brain surgeon working on your gallbladder.”

Fontes said the best thing people can do is to seek an immigration lawyer.

The application process under the new policy change is still long and arduous, and everything has to be well documented prior to August 14, when the change takes effect.

“You’ve got to do what the government is going to ask you to do,” he said. “You’re going to be putting together the proof that you’ve been in this country for at least five years. You’re going to be putting together proof that you have either achieved or are working on a GED, have been enrolled in school, are regularly employed, are serving or have served in the military and so on and so forth.”

Fontes said the policy change is a good thing because the type of immigrants that will be legalized can benefit the United States.