हिमाली स्वरहरु – DRUM Holds Free Deferred Action Legal Clinic for South Asian Undocumented Youth

DRUM Holds Free Deferred Action Legal Clinic for South Asian Undocumented Youth

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DRUM Holds Free Deferred Action Legal Clinic for South Asian Undocumented Youth

DRUM- Desis Rising Up and Moving is hosting monthly Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) free legal clinics for undocumented South Asian youth in the community.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 25th, from 5PM-8PM

WHO: South Asian youth who are from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Guyana who may qualify for DACA

WHAT: Free Legal Services for South Asian Undocumented Youth

WHERE: Desis Rising Up & Moving
72-18 Roosevelt Avenue,

Jackson Heights, NY 11372

DRUM has been at the forefront of organizing for a path to just legalization for undocumented immigrants and youth for over a decade, and our youth membership helped win this major victory for immigrants. The Deferred Action program was announced by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012 in response to community pressure. While DACA is a victory, DRUM will continue to organize with Congress to pass full legalization for all. Our free legal clinics are in partnership with Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF) and is available to South Asian youth who are from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Guyana who may qualify for DACA.

Qualifications for Deferred Action:
* Came to the United States before the age of 16
* Lived in the United States continuously for over 5 years and present in the United States as of June 15, 2012
* Currently in school, graduated high school or obtained a GED
* Have not been convicted of felony offense, significant misdemeanor, or multiple misdemeanors
* Currently under the age of 30

Undocumented youth with DACA will receive a two-year work permit, which can be renewed indefinitely, and a social security number. DACA status allows undocumented youth to apply for opportunities such as receiving in-state tuition for college, apply for scholarships, receive a drivers license, a state ID, some forms of public health insurance, and the ability travel inside the United States. These legal clinics are important for low-income families and youth who cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars for legal fees, or hundreds of dollars for a simple legal consultation.

Many experts are particularly encouraging undocumented immigrant youth, who may have other immigration applications such as asylum pending, to still apply for Deferred Action. This will allow their status to be safe and secured, put them on a fast track to citizenship if immigration reform is passed, and may even assist in their family’s immigration applications.

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