Deferred Action information session set for Saturday
By Jenette Sturges firstname.lastname@example.org October 24, 2012 7:20PM
Updated: November 27, 2012 10:37AM
Elected officials are partnering with World Relief to offer a presentation and informational session on applying for Deferred Action in Aurora on Saturday.
“There haven’t been enough workshops in the community,” said Barbara Hernandez, assistant chief of staff for State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora.
“... It’s really important to tell people what Deferred Action really is and what it’s not, because many still think it’s the Dream Act. Many people are getting scammed, going to lawyers, paying $1,000 or more and that’s not necessary.”
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a policy approved under the Obama Administration that allows certain young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally to stay in the U.S. for up to two years and obtain work permits and drivers licenses.
On Saturday afternoon, Chapa Lavia, Aurora Township Supervisor Christina Campos and World Relief will hold a workshop and presentation on Deferred Action — what it is, who is eligible, and how to apply. Lawyers will not be on hand to help complete application on site, but presenters will have more information on how to find legal assistance.
Hernandez said that Chapa LaVia’s office decided to participate in the event because there’s a need in the Aurora community.
“It’s a huge federal issue, but it’s also a state issue, a local issue, and (Chapa LaVia) wants to help the people who have been there for her all their life,” said Hernandez. “It’s just exciting, because young people who might otherwise drop out, now they can continue with their studies, with working, it gets them motivated for their future.”
The Deferred Action event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Aurora Township Youth & Community Center, 313 Gale St. A presentation will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, contact World Relief at 630-906-9546.