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Immigrant groups: Continue to apply for deferred action

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When President Obama signed his deferred action plan to help keep the so-called "dreamers" on a short term legal status in the U.S., many in the Latino community celebrated the decision.

But the presidential election has many of those people concerned that the plan will go away.

What would a Romney administration do with the deferred action plan, and would those who have signed up risk deportation? That uncertainty has a lot of people worried.

With the presidential election fast approaching, emotions are running high in the Latino community. As many are rushing their deferred action applications -- others won't sign up while there's too much uncertainty.

"Just a roller coaster, as the elections and the candidates say whatever they say, we see the community kind of shifting their opinions as well," says Diana Perez-Ramirez, Puente Program Director .

Groups like Puente are encouraging those who are eligible to not be fearful and apply no matter who wins on November 6th.

"We don't want special treatment we don't want any entitlements," says Dulce Matuz, AZ Dream Act Coalition.

Dulce Matuz says the Latino community could be up for grabs politically as neither party has stepped up to solve the immigration problem.

"We are the United States of America, we are not the United States of the Republican Party or the United States of the Democratic Party," says Matuz.

"It's a risk that you're going to take filling out the application, but it's a risk that we're taking every day either way," says Natally Cruz, deferred action applicant.

For now, applicants like Natally Cruz are waiting and hoping for that temporary legal status and helping others do the same.

"The deferred action is an opportunity for a lot of these young kids to really have for the fist time ever and opportunity to feel that they can do more in this country," says Diana Perez-Ramirez.

1.7 million people could be eligible to sign up for deferred action -- thousands are currently taking advantage of the program.

Election Day is less than three weeks away. You can bet a lot in the Latino community will be watching to see who wins and what they'll do to either extend or discontinue the program.

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