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Immigrant requests strain consulates, schools

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SAN DIEGO — Schools and consulates are getting flooded with requests for documents since President Barack Obama announced a new program allowing young illegal immigrants to apply for two-year renewable work permits.

Applicants are finding they may have to wait a few weeks longer for a prize that has eluded them for years.

Schools in Yakima, Wash., are taking nearly a month to deliver transcripts. The Mexican consulate in Denver introduced Saturday hours after passport applications spiked. San Diego public schools added five employees in a new office to handle records requests.

The clamor for documents is an early sign that the policy is highly popular. Up to 1.7 million people may qualify, which would be the broadest stroke to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows in more than 25 years.