by JUN HUH/Korea Times
More than 400 undocumented Koreans gathered at a Korean church in Los Angeles over the weekend to fill out applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, reports the Korea Times.
Organizers of the event – the Korea Times, the Korean Resource Center and the Korean American Bar Association in Los Angeles – provided applicants with the necessary paperwork, including Employment Authorization (I-765) forms, along with one-on-one consultations with Korean-speaking attorneys.
Announced by President Obama on July 15, deferred action allows undocumented young people brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 and who are under 31 years-old as of June 15, 2012 to avoid deportation for a renewable period of two years. An estimated 1.8 million people are expected to be eligible for the initiative. Those with prior felony convictions or significant misdemeanors on their record do not qualify for the program.
According to the report, approximately 30,000 undocumented Koreans nationwide are expected to benefit from deferred action.
This article was published by New America Media. Reprinted with permission.