Giving Undocumented Immigrants a Fighting Chance through "Deferred Action"

Aug 7, 2012

Funded by a coalition of Utah interest groups, a series of free workshops will soon be offered for undocumented immigrants who qualify for deferred action.

Chris Keen, the Utah chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, says the coalition aims to give undocumented immigrants a fighting chance to remain in the U.S.

We want to make sure that people know that there is a place where they can go to get accurate advice, where there is no motive -- no profit motive, no predatory motive -- with people who are skilled in immigration law.

Organizers aim to use the workshops to answer all questions about the forms and work out any difficulties.

While the act potentially extends an individual's stay in the U.S., Keen says this is not anything close to a grant of citizenship: "It's not the Dream Act. It's completely different. They have the ability to apply for a work permit for 2 years and they have the ability to be free from the risk of deportation for 2 days."

Brianna’s passion for journalism comes from a love of learning and a desire to know everything.  She studies Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and hopes one day to travel the world reporting hard news. She also works as the Aggie Radio news director and a reporter for USU TV.