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L.A. Now Live: Chat about Obama's immigration announcement

June 15, 2012 | 11:30 am

The Times Washington Bureau Chief David Lauter and reporter Esmeralda Bermudez will join City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about President Obama's immigration announcement.

Effective immediately, young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally before they turned 16 will be allowed to apply for work permits as long as they have no criminal history and meet other criteria, officials said.

The chat is scheduled for noon and questions can be submitted live.

The news was met with skepticism by some illegal immigrant students in Los Angeles.

“A lot of us right now are kind of in that mode of ‘OK, thank you,’ but we will celebrate when it actually happens, because we have been fooled in the past,” said Julio Salgado, who came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 11 years old. “We don’t want to be used like little political game pieces just to get a vote.”