Local & Regional
Wed August 15, 2012
Immigration Reform: Deferred Action Sign-Up
Today is the first day for undocumented youth, who arrived in the US as children, to now apply for the federal “Deferred Action” program. It will prevent successful applicants from being deported. The process is lengthy and for most will require an attorney. There is also a $465 filing fee. But, Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman Ed Martinez says it is worth it.
He says most Hispanics are savers and the money should not be an issue. He says the expense is worth the comfort that it should bring knowing that one will not be deported. However, there are some in the Latino community that are skeptical of the plan and fear it is an attempt by the federal government to gather information on illegal families.
There are between 10,000 and 20,000 people in Oklahoma who could take part in the program. You must be under 31 and arrived in the U-S before age 16 to take part. You must also meet education requirements and not be convicted of anything more than three misdemeanors.