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Phoenix Mexican Consulate Helps DREAMers Prepare for Deferred Action

The Mexican Consulate in Phoenix is assisting young undocumented immigrants applying for work permits through the Obama administration's deferred action program. The new policy allows certain immigrants temporary relief from deportation if they qualify.

Mexican government officials can't tell U.S. immigration who to give the 2-year renewable work permits to, but the consulate is trying to facilitate the process by prioritizing undocumented immigrants applying for Mexican passports.

Those passports are crucial because they will allow the so-called DREAMers to prove their identities when applying for a work permit.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will start accepting applications for deferred action and work permits for a fee of $465 starting August 15, according to its website.

In order to qualify, a DREAMer must be between the ages of 16 to 30 and have lived in the U.S. for five consecutive years. An applicant must have no felonies, and have or be working toward a high-school diploma or have served honorably in the military.

"We're giving priority to the DREAMers who are seeking orientation," says Socorro Cordova, a spokeswoman for the local Mexican Consulate. "We've also done forums specifically for thousands [of young immigrants] to inform them."

The consulate is asking that DREAMers identify themselves when applying for a passport, so they can be pushed up the line. DREAMers can also consult with immigration lawyers the agency has on hand to help them prepare for the process.

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Uriel J. Garcia
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