A Helena immigration attorney estimates there at least 20,000 immigrants in Montana; some are here legally, others not.
Shahid Haque-Hausrath says some are working in eastern Montana's oil patch. Seasonal workers are a staple of the Flathead cherry harvest. Immigrants perform year-round agricultural labor in Dillon. Others work construction jobs in Billings and the Gallatin Valley.
Haque-Hausrath says President Obama's recent executive action on immigration came as a welcome development to his clients.