Applicants for Deferred Action Hopeful About Future

Rocio Hernandez and Rodrigo Morales were strangers before Wednesday morning, when they sat side by side in immigration lawyer Jackie Watson’s South Austin law office.

Though they’re from different regions in Mexico and came to the U.S. under different circumstances, they quickly found that they have a common goal: They both hope that their applications for deferred action will survive the months of scrutiny by immigration officials.

Hernandez and Morales are just two of thousands of illegal immigrants in Texas who became eligible this week to apply under the policy change the Obama administration announced in June. Being accepted ...

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