Q Center hosts Deferred Action forum for young undocumented immigrants

By Richard Jones, PQ Monthly
Erin McKee and Christian Baeff explain the detail of the Deferred Action program to about 40 listeners at the Q Center. Photo by Richard Jones, PQ Monthly

Portland, OR — The Obama regime is slowly opening the doors to young immigrants who came to the United States as children. Like most federal programs, the road is narrow with many hazards along the way.

To clear the way, attorney Erin McKee and Christian Baeff, Causa’s LGBT alliance building coordinator, teamed up to explain the Deferred Action plan to about 40 people at Q Center last Tuesday evening.

In English and Spanish, McKee and Baeff worked the way through pages of complex details on the information sheets.

In general, immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for five years and are now between the ages of 15 and 30 may be exempt from extradition. The plan does not deal directly with earning citizenship.

Causa is making an event of the first day Oregon youth can apply for deferred status. This Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 8 a.m., the immigrant rights group will host a gathering at the USCIS Application Support Center (1455 NW Overton Ave., Portland) to celebrate and support the young people applying that day. Causa is also offering a Deferred Action Hotline (1-855-884-2287) that will take calls and answer questions between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit http://causaoregon.org/.