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Immigration directive won't help Missouri woman

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 3:20 p.m. CDT

TRENTON — A gap in immigration policy means an England-born Missouri woman waiting for a green card won't be able to take advantage of a new directive from President Barack Obama that stops the deportation of many young people.

Lauren Gray has been living in the United States legally since she was 4. But Obama's directive is aimed at immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported that Gray has been allowed to live in Trenton on her parents' work visa. But she will lose the privilege when she turns 21 in August.

Gray has been waiting since 2003 for a green card to allow her to remain in the United States. But it still hasn't been processed.

Now, she's preparing to move to London.


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