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One would think that Karla Zapata, an undocumented student from Guatemala, would be ecstatic over the prospect of receiving her first ever work permit. Well, she is. But she’s also wary. After years of living in the shadows, Zapata and her friends aren’t convinced it’s a good idea to give their personal information to the government when there are no guarantees that President Obama’s new program for young immigrants will last and no promise they’ll even be accepted into it. Some see that ambiguity as an invitation to possible deportation. “A lot of us are happy, and a lot of us are concerned at the same time,” says the 26-year-old student at California State University at Northridge. “There are a lot of mixed feelings.”

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