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The Cost Of Immigrating Legally To The U.S.

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An unidentified woman uses an American flag to shield her eyes from the sun during a naturalization ceremony at the Statue of Liberty, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011in New York. The oath of citizenship was taken by 125 people, to mark the Statues's 125th anniversary. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

A year and a half ago, President Barack Obama announced a band-aid for the immigration system, providing two-year work permits for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children before their 16th birthdays. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had undocumented immigrants rejoicing that the door to the US had opened, if only slightly.

Yet Reyna Maldonado, who came to the US from Mexico as a child, hasn't felt like celebrating. There was one big question weighing on her mind: "Where do we come up with this money?"

Maldonado, who is currently in the process of applying for DACA, is not the only one questioning the costs of the application, which can prove prohibitively high.

Read the whole story at The Guardian