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Young Latino immigrants overwhelm agency as they seek help to stay in America, the only home they've ever known

Young Latino immigrants overwhelm agency as they seek help to stay in America, the only home they've ever known

It was 7 a.m. Tuesday when I pulled up to the two-story stucco building on a nondescript stretch of 3rd Street between Koreatown and Westlake.

Already, a line of sleepy-looking people stretched down the block and around the corner. Some had brought chairs, others were sitting on the sidewalk, trying to nap.

A woman who had claimed the first spot in line told me she’d arrived at 3 a.m. She was hellbent on seeing a reliable immigration attorney that day. She had come to the right place; CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Around 8, the doors opened. Young adults, all of whom had come to the U.S. as children, filed into a room that could pass...

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