Thousands of Illegals Already Lining Up for Obama Amnesty Program in These 5 States
The Associated Press is reporting that workshops have been conducted for illegal immigrants “at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, a church in Goshen, Indiana, and an Islamic Center in New York City.” Eben Cathey of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition told the AP that “every time we do an information session, it is full.”
There have also been meetings throughout California and in Seattle. The purpose of the gatherings is to assist attendees in qualifying for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty program.
An upcoming event in the Los Angeles convention center is expected to draw 10,000 illegal immigrants. Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles said:
After this big forum, we’re going to have daily orientations. That is what we have to do in order to deal with the demand.
At recent workshops and on telephone hotlines, immigrants have questioned advocates about who will qualify and what documents they will need. Many want to know how they can prove their identity after living under the radar for so long, and some worry they might face trouble for having worked under a false Social Security number.
During a recent meeting at a San Diego community center, attendees asked questions for two hours, and hands were still raised when the meeting ended. Michelle Saucedo, who is a legal advisor for Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Los Angeles, said they have found immigrants from Asia prefer to have a personal one-on-one meeting, because many are ashamed of being in the country illegally. When her group advertising large workshops for the Chinese community in 2012, very few people turned out. She expects a much bigger turnout this time, because they are structuring the assistance differently. She explained:
It is very private and people often call and say, “Can I just see you in your office one-on-one.” We have learned along the way.
Immigrant advocacy groups have also been warning their clients about predatory consultants who are charging exorbitant feels to complete applications for the Obama amnesty.
An estimated 5 million foreign immigrants who are in the country illegally are expected to qualify for the executive amnesty. Obama and Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) have said it is incumbent upon immigrant organizations and community advocates to identify the illegal immigrants and have them apply for formal temporary amnesty next year. Another 7 million illegal immigrants will not qualify for this executive amnesty; however, President Obama has promised the changes of their being deported will be greatly increased, except in the case of violent criminals.
Twenty states have filed lawsuits aimed at blocking the Obama executive action, which is designed to benefit illegals who have been in the country more than five years or have children born here, as well as some who entered the country as children.