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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cautions About the Expected Administrative Action on Immigration

Cautions About the Expected Administrative Action on Immigration
BOSTON- With major media outlets talking about the prospect of administrative action on immigration coming soon, there is an understandable surge of enthusiasm among our communities. But it hasn’t happened yet, and when it happens you will know.
For now, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) urges you to be cautious.  At this point, there is very little known about what the administration will announce, including who will be eligible and when the announcement will come. 
Please be aware there are people out there who will try to take advantage of you.  They will make big promises and take your money and without delivering anything.  It could be many months before eligible individuals are able to apply for the program; you should NOT be giving any money to anyone who promises to do your paperwork until the government starts accepting applications.  Once the application process does begin, MIRA and many other community organizations throughout Massachusetts will begin providing low-cost or even free services to those seeking to apply.
There are some things you can start to do now:
1)      Everyone who hopes to be eligible should start gathering their documents.  These would include:
-     Any official government documents including passports and anything you have ever received from the US government, whether that’s from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or the immigration courts.
-     Documents to prove residence in the US. Individuals should start gather bank statements, tax records, utility bills, school or medical records, and any other documents you can get your hands on to show that you resided in the US during this time. You should be gathering any documents from immediate family such as birth certificate, citizenship certificates, or copies of green cards.
2)      The service will most likely require an application fee for any relief offered. 
3)      Finally, wait until you hear an official announcement!
MIRA is extremely proud of all the hard work that organizations and individuals have done to get us to this point.  But there is still a lot of work left to do.  Any action that the administration takes this year will not provide a permanent solution to our problems, but it’s a great (and long overdue) first step to providing a degree of security to our communities and reduced unauthorized employment. 
With continued hard work, we can advocate with Congress to provide a permanent solution through legislation to provide a just and humane fix to a system that has been failing to work for our communities for far too long. 


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