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Passport Centers Packed Due to Immigration Orders

(CBS Sacramento)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 11:52 AM

President Donald Trump's actions on immigration have passport centers overwhelmed with the volume of requests, CBS Sacramento reports.

"It was a zoo; we couldn't park, there must've been at least 150 people out here, it was crazy," said Candy Scruggs, who had been attempting to reach the center for five days.

"We stood in line, waited two hours and then finally they came out and gave us a ticket and said we can't take you today, and that was at 10:45 in the morning, 15 minutes after they opened, they still couldn't take us," she told CBS.

Gina, an undocumented immigrant who was waiting to get a passport for her 11-year-old son, said the dramatic increase is likely because of Trump's executive orders on immigration.

"A lot of people are getting scared. They get scared that if they get separated, they can't take the kids," she said. "I pretty much came just to protect my son, if anything happens to me, he can go with me, anywhere I go."

She added, "I think everybody's just getting their passports to make sure they have it in case anything happens."

ABC 7 News in San Joe, Calif. reports long lines and week-long waits for new passports in Santa Clara County. Passport centers can process about 20 or 30 passports per day, but many can't keep up with the sudden rush.

"I had a pretty big breakdown the day that I went to Eastridge Mall because I couldn't take the rejection again of not getting another passport that day," said Marcella Ruiz, who was trying to get passports for her family to visit her father, who's suffering from a serious illness, in Canada.

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