A large group of immigrants from all nations have an opportunity to regularize their status thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program announced in June. Children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country before their 16th birthday and had not reached their 31st birthday by June 15th of this year are eligible to enroll.
Enrollment for the program opens August 15. Dallas Catholic Charities Immigration and Legal Services office has identified more than 77 thousand eligible for this program in the North Texas area and has taken action to assist them in enrolling in the process. The process is complex and there is a concern that unqualified individuals may take advantage of immigrants and provide misinformation and incorrect legal advice. There are a number of requirements for eligibility other than the age bracket and it is important that authoritative information and accurate legal assistance be provided.
On June 21, Catholic Charities of Dallas began weekly seminars to provide authoritative information and legal counsel to those wishing to enter the program. The seminars are held every Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock and 9461 LBJ Freeway in Dallas..
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supports this program and the Church of Dallas is committed to working with the government and the individuals involved to insure that the applicants are treated justly, fairly and with dignity. I heartily recommend that all those who believe they may be eligible contact Catholic Charities of Dallas to take advantage of this program.
Information may obtained by calling 214-634-7182, Ext/ 228