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Immigrants in Los Angeles are in a desperate rush for citizenship after Donald Trump’s election

  • Erik Olsen
By Erik Olsen

West Coast Video Correspondent

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

In the video above, undocumented workers rushed to the Dolores Mission in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights on Wednesday following the election of Donald Trump. The mission offers a weekly legal clinic to help immigrants gain citizenship. Dozens of people, many of whom have been living in the US for years, came to the clinic in a desperate effort to get legal advice and their papers filed before Trump assumes office.

“I’ve been here for 30 years and I never wanted to be a citizen,” says Anna Patricia, an undocumented immigrant, who said the election results frightened her and cast her future into doubt.

Cecelia Cervantes, who has a US work permit, but is also seeking citizenship, says she is afraid what might happen to her parents, both of whom are illegally here, now that Trump has been elected President.

Crying, she said she feared that they might quickly be deported. “I don’t want to be apart from them.”

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