Many young immigrants brought to this country illegally have already started the process of applying for the deportation deferral program. However, others are still hesitant to come forward, worried that the program will fall short of its promises.
Already, with only a minority of young undocumented immigrants coming forward, federal agencies have lines going out the door. The flood of requests is just another reminder of the dire need surrounding this issue that has long gone ignored and unaddressed. As so many have already come forward, burying small agencies with a mountain of paperwork, it’s clear that a step like this should not wait.
Those against amnesty often argue against unfairly rewarding those who did not immigrate through the proper channels, and unfortunately, those brought over as young children are pegged with this negative stigma. But coming forward and applying for amnesty not only demonstrates a need, but a willingness to obtain privileges through proper means.
In a time of high expectations, those applying for amnesty should be weary of scam organizations and misinformation. Visit government websites to ensure that your knowledge of the issue and the resources you seek are the correct ones. When asking for help, seek out long established community organizations over those who might be disguised as lawyers. Community members can also be proactive by helping to educate the community on the right measures, volunteering with the intake process, acting as a watchdog against fraudulent services, and encouraging young immigrants to be proactive in changing their status. We’re all responsible for helping to protect our fellow neighbors.
Young immigrants in need of amnesty should not assume that amnesty will kick in. The possibility of deportation is a serious issue, and every precaution should be taken to prevent it. With agencies struggling to process the mountain of paperwork, the sooner these forms are filed, the better. (end)