Hundreds of Local "DREAMers" Attend Deferred Action Event

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by WDJT Editor

MILWAUKEE-- Hundreds of young undocumented immigrants packed a church on Milwaukee's South Side to learn more about the Deferred Action program.

Among them, students like Alex Espinoza, who moved to the United States when he was 7-years-old. He's now 16, a junior in High School, and eligibile for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.

"A chance of hope more than anything. It means everything I've done though the years and getting the best grades is worth it," said Espinoza.

This past week, President Obama's administration released the application process for the program known as DACA, so that qualified undocumented youth in the U.S. can avoid deportation temporarily.

There are a lot of questions about the process, which is why the organization "Voces de La Frontera" held the workshop.

"We want to educate them on the requirements... on what to do and not to do as well," said Gerardo Alvarado, volunteer of Voces De La Frontera.

According to Immigration lawyer Melissa Longamore, the most important thing to know is that this is a one time shot. "There is no appeal process and there's also no re-applying," said Longamore. "You really need to take the time to make sure your application is correct."

The process for approval could take months, but according to these students, it's worth the wait.

"This is the country I grew up in and it means the world to not only me but everyone else who is in this situation," said Socorro Perez, who is also eligible for the program.

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