New Campaign Launched to Help Dreamers Apply for Deferred Action

FLDream was launched by advocates, attorneys and the community to help youth navigate the new immigration policy

By Karen Yi
|  Saturday, Aug 18, 2012  |  Updated 11:50 AM EDT
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Deferred Action for Dreamers Begins

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A group of immigrants, known as DREAMers, hold flowers as they listen to a news conference to kick off a new program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles on August 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Under a new program established by the Obama administration undocumented youth who qualify for the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, can file applications from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website to avoid deportation and obtain the right to work

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Deferred Action for Dreamers Begins

Starting Wednesday, young, undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for temporary legal status under the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) Plan passed by President Barack Obama in June.

DREAMers React to Obama's Immigration Policy

Miami-area young people affected by President Obama's policy change on immigration discussed what it means for them Friday, including Jose Machado, 17, who is originally from Nicaragua. Immigration attorney Cheryl Little also spoke at a press conference.
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Propelled by the recent immigration policy that allows undocumented youth to seek temporary legal stay in the U.S., community activists and organizations rallied together to form FLDream.

The campaign seeks to help undocumented youth that are trying to navigate the new law and apply for deferred action.

In June, President Barack Obama announced the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) Plan that would allow undocumented immigrants younger than 31 years old that arrived in the country before they were 16 to apply for a two-year work permit.

Young Immigrants React to Obama's Policy

FLDream will offer free information sessions and support beginning Saturday, according to a release.

"We don't want any youth in Florida to miss the opportunity to some type of relief," said Julio Calderon, who is involved in the campaign. "I'm happy that many immigrant youth will be able to live and drive free from the fear of deportation. They'll also be able to look for a job to pay for their studies, support their families and contribute to the country they love."

Youth could begin submitting their applications for deferred action as of August 15.

Deferred Action for Dreamers Begins

To be eligible, the youth must be in the country for at least five consecutive years; have no criminal history; graduated from high school, have a GED or served in the military.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, the new law is expected to benefit 1.4 million youth in the country and about 120,000 in the state of Florida.

They estimate about 23,000 to 42,000 will benefit in Miami-Dade County and 13,000 to 17,000 in Broward County.

FLDream is hosting a clinic this Saturday and next Saturday at Florida International University from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit: www.fldream.com

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