Mexican consulates start helping DREAM Act eligible immigrants

The Mexican Embassy on Monday opened the doors to its 50 consular offices across the United States to undocumented immigrant youths seeking work permits and deportation relief through a new Obama administration directive, according to the Mercury News.

The U.S. government won’t begin accepting deportation relief applications until Aug. 15, but the Mexican government will help eligible young people apply by giving them information and ensuring they have the proper documents, said Juan Carlos Lara-Armienta, the Mexican Embassy’s head of Latino affairs.

Other non profit organizations across the country are organizing free deferred action screenings to help them find out if they qualify for the new administrative measure if they have a clean criminal background and arrived to the country before the age of 16.

The government is scheduled to announce guidelines on Aug. 1 that will spell out how to apply, and what documents will be necessary. The relief directive from the Department of Homeland Security could benefit more than 1 million people 30 years old or younger who were brought to the country illegally as children, most of them from Mexico.

Historically, when major changes are made to immigration law, immigration specialists offer to help foreign-born residents adjust their status for a price. This time around is no different. But advocates caution anyone against using immigration specialists and notarios, or public notaries, who are neither licensed to practice law nor provide legal advice; such services often ask for money upfront to help with an application process to obtain a work permit, according to the National Journal.

 

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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