Sunday marked a huge day for nearly 5,000 illegal immigrants in Los Angeles.

Thousands of people stood in line for the event at the Los Angeles Convention Center to join an informational session for undocumented immigrants on how to qualify for protection from deportation under President Obama’s executive action.

Obama’s announcement last month gave nearly 3.5 million immigrants who have been living in the U.S. for five years hope they would be shielded from deportation and remain in the country via three-year deportation deferrals and work permits.

The immigrants must also have no serious criminal records and a child who is an American citizen or legal permanent resident.

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