In June, President Barack Obama issued an executive order to cut down on the number of undocumented young people being deported.
The order applies to immigrants under age 30 who were brought to the U.S. when they were younger than 16.
The Obama administration is urging immigration agents to grant deferred action status to undocumented students who qualify for the proposed DREAM Act.
Deferred action status simply gives children of undocumented immigrants the ability to get a valid ID, go to work, and go to school. But first, they have to fill out forms and pay fees.
So, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is offering support. Starting August 16, LULAC Florida volunteers in Miami will provide free assistance for those applying for two-year deferred action status.
Applicants must be at least 15 years old, and they are responsible for paying the $465 application fee to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The service will be provided by bilingual volunteers in Miami. Help is available (as of August 16th) Monday through Friday from 2 to 8 PM and on Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling 786-389-8630.
An additional assistance center will be announced soon.
The DREAM Act is still being considered in various forms. A Democratic version would have applied to those entering the military or college and was defeated in Congress. A Republican version likely would only apply to immigrants entering the military.