Nearly thirty undocumented young people eligible for relief from deportation under a new federal policy attended an information forum last night at the Patchogue Fire House hosted by Congressman Tim Bishop.
At the forum, officials from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office in Holtsville gave a presentation on the new policy, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session moderated by Bishop with a panel that also included local attorneys who specialize in immigration policy.
Under the policy, effective June 18, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children will be considered for relief from deportation proceedings, provided they do not present a risk to national security or public safety and meet several key criteria. Young people meeting the criteria will also be eligible for work authorization for a renewable period of two years.
"I hosted this forum to make sure undocumented young people in our community have the information they need to apply for a chance to legally contribute to our society," said Congressman Bishop. "I support the Dream Act, and I stand ready to help young people who want to pursue relief from deportation and the ability to live, attend school, and work legally in the United States."
More information on the policy, including an informational video, is available online at: http://1.usa.gov/LhQrYl
Presenters at the forum urged young people interested in applying for relief under the program to beware of legal services fraud. The services of a lawyer are not required to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and Bishop urged anyone with questions to contact his office at 631-289-6500.