Immigrants Hoping to Qualify for Obama Program Urged to Gather Data

Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2012

Immigrant rights advocates barely had time to digest the Obama administration’s announcement last week that it would stop deporting some young immigrants when the questions started flowing in: Am I the right age? Does an arrest disqualify me? Do my parents qualify?

“We’ve been celebrating all weekend,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday. “We’ve now got to get ready. We’ve got to prepare the documents.”

The mayor joined activists and student organizers at a news conference called to highlight the need for young immigrants to begin documenting their history in the United States.

Doing so, he said, will help them prepare strong applications and avoid pitfalls as the policy is implemented.

It’s still unclear exactly how the program, which grants temporary relief from deportation to young immigrants who meet certain qualifications, will be administered. Department of Homeland Security officials have said they will announce details in 60 days.


According to the rules announced so far, relief will apply to those who are 30 years old or younger. Qualified applicants must have come to the United States before they turned 16 and stayed continuously for at least the last five years. They also must be enrolled in school, have a high school diploma or equivalent degree or be an honorably discharged veteran.

Those convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors are not eligible. In a list of frequently asked questions about the program, the Department of Homeland Security said significant misdemeanors include burglary, driving under the influence, possession of drugs and offenses involving violence.


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  • The__Bobster

    I can hear the printing presses churning out the phony documents right now.

    “We’ve been celebrating all weekend,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday. “We’ve now got to get ready. We’ve got to prepare the documents.”

    We??!!!  He’s obviously an agent of a foreign power.  String him up for treason.

  • WhitesRdumb

    I am seriously thinking about applying for this amnesty myself. I don’t think I can pass for a Mexican, but I am hoping I can pass for some other type of (white) illegal. I figure once I get amnesty, I will be better off than I am now as a naturalized citizen. I might even get some of that free money they are giving away that originally came out of my own pocket.


  • What they are applying for is deferred action on their immigration case, which is normally issued to those who are in removal proceedings. With defered action, they can apply for employment authorization. This allows them to get a social security number and a drivers license. This does not change their status to that of a legal permanent resident. They are still illegal and are subject to paying out of state tuition, in most states and have no access to state or federal financial aid.

  • “We’ve been celebrating all weekend,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday. “We’ve now got to get ready. We’ve got to prepare the documents.”

    Sickening, Absolutely Sickening.  This guy knows full well he is one of the Mexican Invaders,  celebrating the take over of the United States. 

    • mobilebay

      You’re right, So CAL – Villaraigosa and Luis Gutierrez are probably the two most anti-American, pro-illegal people in this country. It’s disgraceful that they hold public office. I’m sure they get an extra paycheck from the foreign countries they represent. I don’t know how the people of Los Angeles and the people of Illinois keep electing them.

      • From what I understand, Guitierrez has a vested interest in this issue. He owns a number of apartment building where these illegals in Chicago live. If they are all deported, he has got problems.

        • mobilebay

          Interesting to know, Ms. Evans. Even more of a reason for this traitor to want to get as many illegals into his area as possible. Isn’t it amazing the criminal mindset they all seem to have? People like Guitierrez refuse to advise illegals to go home and fix their own countries, only to stay here, sponge off Americans while they enlarge their own bank accounts.

  • Jackryanvb

    I note that proposed Hispanic GOP VP Marco Rubio expressed great sympathy with the illegal immigrant men who came illegally in to our country because “They just wanted to feed their families”.

    It turns out that Mexico is the world’s second most obese nation after the United States. So fat, unhealthy Mexicans are flooding in to the United States to join their even fatter, unhealthier Mexican American relatives.

    Yeah, don’t fall for the tear jerker that illegal aliens should be coddled because their children are starving in Mexico. They’re not starving. They are fat.

    We wrote about this on OD.

  • JackKrak

    “We’ve been celebrating all weekend,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday.

    He doesn’t even have to keep his enthusiasm for this private because he knows that a clear majority in this “American” city with vote for him no matter what. In a sane world, Mr. Mayor would be arrested for treason.