ESTHER sponsored sessions on “Deferred Action Assistance” to help young immigrants with applications as part of an executive order by the federal administration.
The free one-on-one help was available at St. Therese Parish in Appleton on Saturday, Sept. 15, and at St. Mary Parish, Omro, on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Volunteers and certified immigration lawyers assisted students and their families in understanding the application process, walking through an evidence checklist to help qualified applicants lay out facts, connected people with translators to translate documents such as birth certificates into English, and referred those with complicated cases to reputable lawyers. The fee to apply for the DACA is $465 and requires a long list of documents and pieces of evidence to qualify.
Those that qualify will be able to remain in the country, continue their education and service in the armed forces, and be able to find legal work.
The ESTHER immigration task force will continue to work to assist students in filing forms and will consider holding additional events in the future.