An organization that provides support to immigrants offered loans to apply for Deferred Action at a ceremony Tuesday at which it also presented a group of young people who have already received work permits thanks to the measure.
"We know that with the current economy many young people don't have the money to apply, so this loan will be authorized without any difficulties in its approval," Gloria Saucedo told Efe.
Applicants for Deferred Action, which offers a renewable two-year reprieve from deportation, must pay a fee of $462.
The loan, financed by the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, known by the Spanish acronym FIOB, can amount to "up to $1,000 for each applicant who shows that they have already filled out their application to request Deferred Action and that they have not applied because they don't have the money," Saucedo said.
At the ceremony, held at the headquarters of the Hermandad Mexicana in Panorama City, in northwestern Los Angeles, a dozen young people proudly and wearing big smiles showed their work permits.
Yahaira Iman received her permit by mail last Saturday. "When I opened it, I felt a mixture of joy and emotion," the 20-year-old, whose family brought her here from Mexico when she was only 2, told Efe.
She was 14 when she entered high school, and Yahaira became aware of her situation as a undocumented immigrant. "When I learned of it I asked myself 'How am I going to study? What help am I going to have?' And I was afraid of being deported," she said.
Upon finishing high school, she was admitted to community college, but she could not start her classes because her parents didn't have the money to pay for the books and other associated costs.
So, she began working - without documents - at a restaurant, she got married and two weeks ago she gave birth to her first child.
"I received that double present: my daughter and my work permit. I see it as a dream come true to study and work and get my daughter ahead," Yahaira said. EFE