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With Trump elected, immigration law firms taking more calls

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Donald Trump speaks at South Point Hotel Casino and Spa in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 21. (Source: FOX5) Donald Trump speaks at South Point Hotel Casino and Spa in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 21. (Source: FOX5)

In the days following Donald Trump's election as president, lawyers nationwide have experienced an increase in phone calls regarding immigration.

Two Las Vegas-based lawyers said they've received between 50 to 100 more calls per day than usual in the last week. 

"They hear what they hear out of (President-elect) Trump, and they are concerned so they are calling with the panic. And I can understand that," said attorney Seth Reszko, of Reza Athari and Associates. 

Reszko said the most difficult part is not being able to dispel his clients fears since the nation does not yet know exactly how Trump will deal with immigration. 

"You know, when you're practicing immigration law for a long time usually we have some sort of answer," he said, adding as of now immigration lawyers are waiting to see what will happen. 

Rolando Velasquez, of Velasquez Immigration Law Group, said he has been having a similar experience - increased calls, panicked questions, but few answers. 

"We understand what he said on the campaign trail. We understand how aggressive he wants to be with immigration," Vasquez said. "But, I don't think it's going to be realistic."

Most of the callers have been recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, Velasquez noted.

"They're nervous, because they don't know if the program will continue. So they're asking, 'When my card expires next year or perhaps in 2018, will I be able to renew that benefit?' The honest answer is we don't know."

President-elect Trump recently softened his stance on immigration, narrowing his deportation initiative to undocumented people with criminal records. 

"What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records. Gang members, drug dealers," Trump said in a recent 60 Minutes interview. 

"After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized, we're going to make a determination on the people that they're talking about. They are terrific people," Trump added. 

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