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IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Phoolmattee (Joan or Lalay) Daylal
Of 51 Jerningham Junction Road
Sunrise: 18th September 1957
Sunset: 4th November 2014
She passed away peacefully at
Port of Spain General Hospital
SAN DIEGO---President Barack
Obama unveiled one of the most
sweeping changes to the US immi-
gration system in decades, shielding
millions from deportation.
Among those breathing easier: a
Mexican woman in Birmingham, Ala-
bama, who barely missed qualifying
for a reprieve in 2012 but can apply
now because she has three US born
children; a pair of brothers in Tucson,
Arizona, who can stay under more gen-
erous guidelines for immigrants who
arrived as children.
About five million people are expect-
ed to qualify under the measures out-
lined Thursday. But about six million
who are in the country illegally will be
Many who were recently deported
also miss out.
AP interviewed immigrants around
the country---and in Mexico---for exam-
ples of who wins and who loses.
WINNER: Reyna Garcia, 32,
almost qualified for Obama s 2012
reprieve that allowed hundreds of thou-
sands who came to the country as young
children to remain. Her mistake was
going to work for a cleaning crew instead
of enrolling in high school. The Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
programme requires applicants to be
attending high school or graduated.
The Mexican native has lived in Ala-
bama for most of the last 17 years and
gave birth to three children in the US.
Parents of US citizens or legal residents
who have been in the country for more
than five years are eligible.
Her oldest daughter, Yulexi Plata, 14,
says it will be a relief for her parents
to live without fear of deportation.
"If they ve been here so long, why
not more?" she asks.
But after having missed out once,
"I have this fear that I may be missing
something again. What might be the
problem this time?"
LOSER: Liana Ghica, 49, was a
lawyer in Romania who came to the
US in 2001. She has unsteady work
cleaning houses and managing book-
keeping in the Los Angeles area.
Ghica s son studies at the University
of California, Los Angeles and is allowed
to stay under the DACA programme
for immigrants who came to the coun-
try when they were young. However,
their parents are ineligible under
Obama s plans.
"It is a slap in our faces," Ghica says.
"Personally I think (Obama) damaged
us even more with this."
Ghica came to the US with a visa
and job offer that fell through. She
stayed, she said, to give her son a chance
at the American dream.
Her son, Vlad Stoicescu-Ghica, 21,
said DACA has enabled him to get cam-
pus jobs, put household bills in his
name and get a credit card.
"It just makes a tremendous difference
in terms of humanising people and giving
US troops in
Afghanistan will be
allowed to target Tal-
iban fighters in
2015, US officials say,
expanding their role
after the end of major
by President Barack
Obama will also pro-
vide air support for
Afghan missions, US
media report. The US
force in the country is
be cut to 9,800 by the
end of 2014.
Previous plans had
limited their role to
training Afghan troops
and tackling the rem-
nants of al-Qaeda.
The military will
now be allowed to fight
the Taliban if the mil-
itants "directly threaten
the United States and
coalition forces" or
provide "direct support
to al-Qaeda," an
unnamed official said.
In September the
new Afghan govern-
ment, led by President
Ashraf Ghani, signed a
security deal allowing
US troops to remain in
the country beyond
Under a separate
agreement, a number
of Nato members---
Turkey, Italy---will con-
tribute to a 12,000-
strong force that will
train and assist
Afghanistan s security
The US deployment
is due to be reduced by
half again by the end
about 50,000 troops in
Afghanistan in early
2014, mostly from the
US---has been steadily
handing over control
to local security forces.
Ghani was sworn in
as Afghanistan s new
president in Septem-
ber, replacing Hamid
Karzai in the country s
first democratic trans-
fer of power.
Karzai had refused
to sign the security
deal, in part because
the US sought immu-
nity from prosecution
for its forces. (BBC)
them the ability to stand on their own
and not having to rely on others for their
day-to-day activities," he said.
Ghica questioned why parents whose
children were born in the US are allowed
to stay and she isn t.
"What is the difference? We all had
the same dream."
WINNER: Rosa Robles Loreto s
sons were born in Mexico but have
lived in Arizona for years. They didn t
qualify for a reprieve under the DACA,
but Obama is expanding it to lift age
restrictions and make anyone eligible
who arrived before January 1, 2010.
"It feels good my kids are in. They re
the reason I m here fighting," she said
after watching Obama s speech at the
Southside Presbyterian Church in Tuc-
son, where she has been taking sanc-
tuary for more than 100 days.
But she was sad that, after a summer
of living in a small room with bunk
beds, a TV, books and little more, she
will not be able to go home. She faces
a deportation order after being stopped
for a traffic infraction years ago. She
has been living in the US illegally since
the early 1990s and returned to Mexico
to give birth to each of her sons because
she couldn t afford health care. (AP)
Winners and losers under
Obama's immigration plan
President Barack Obama delivers
remarks on his executive action on
immigration at Del Sol High School in
Las Vegas on Friday. AP PHOTO
Rosa Robles Loreto, right, hugs her eight-year-old son, Jose Emiliano, at
Southside Presbyterian Church with Margo Cowan and Gerardo Grijalva Noriega,
left, in Tucson, Arizona. Loreto will not qualify for the new programme because
her two sons are not American citizens. However, the boys now qualify for the
DACA programme since the minimum age requirement was lowered. AP PHOTO
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