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The next step: Children brought to U.S. by undocumented immigrant parents can apply for 'deferred action' starting Aug. 15

Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 10:30 p.m. MDT

"There is no expedited processing for deferred action. Dishonest practitioners may promise to provide you with faster services if you provide them a fee. These people are trying to scam you and take your money," the website states.

People who knowingly misrepresent themselves or knowingly fail to disclose information under this process "will be treated as an immigration enforcement priority to the fullest extent permitted by law."

To assist potential applicants, the Utah chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and other public interest groups will sponsor a series of free workshops over the coming months.

The workshops will include an initial screening to determine eligibility. Then, an attorney will discuss the rules and risks of the application process.

For instance, people who have been convicted of felonies, significant misdemeanors or three or more misdemeanors will not be eligible.

“Those who do not clearly meet the eligibility requirements, for example due to their criminal history, will be strongly encouraged to seek out a private attorney, as they will need a more thorough review of their case,” said Chris Keen, chairman of the Utah Chapter of AILA.

The workshop schedule has not been finalized because community organizers are seeking organizations or individuals willing to host the meetings or to volunteer. Any group or person willing to help should contact Jessica Carlson at jessicacarlson@gmail.com.

Esperanza Granados, public policy advocate for ACLU of Utah, said there is no deadline for applications nor is there a limit on the number of people who can apply for deferred action for childhood arrivals.

"It's much more important to submit the application correctly with the appropriate paperwork than trying to file it quickly," Granados said.

Gonzalez, who picks up occasional odd jobs, said he looks forward to the opportunity to apply for deferred action.

"I'm waiting for the 15th to see what they say. Then I'm going to talk to a lawyer to see what I have to do."

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