Immigrants Line Up Across the Country, Not in El Paso

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 10:43pm

EL PASO -  It's been two months since the announcment that illegal immigrants, with certain stipulations, can stay in the United States for an additional two years.

There are several requirements to even be eligible for Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.  They must be under the age of 30, arrived in the U.S before the age of 16, either have graduated school or be in school.  They have to have lived here for the past 5 years and have never been in trouble with the law.

It's the day many have dreamed of since they can remember.  In the Borderland, it's estimated that 15,000 immigrants will be eligible for DACA.  But there were no lines at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso.  But in cities across the nation, like Chicago and San Francisco, lines wrapped around the building.

"It gives me like a piece of mind to be calm and know that I can be here and that this is where I want to be and I can make my dreams come true," said Yazmin Sanchez

Consulate officials warn there could be some snags along the way, if people who seek deferred status ask for help from the wrong people.

"All the community should be aware that maybe some people will want to take advantage of this situation and so they need to come to the consulate to recieve the appropriate information," said Jacob Prado of the Consulate General of Mexico.

Immigration lawyers warned not to hire public notaries.  Notaries are allowed to perform more duties in Mexico.  In the U.S., they are not allowed to offer legal advice.

Immigrants are told not to worry about getting their illegal family members in trouble.  Officials at the Consulate information will be kept confidential from Customs and Border Protections and will not be used for enforcement purposes, except in the cases of fraud.

There are several applications and forms people have to fill out and fees that go along with many of them.  The total to apply is $465.

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