Educating Youth on their Legal Rights

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has launched a new educational initiative aimed at helping youth understand their legal rights — DREAMersRights.org.

On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy that would allow certain undocumented young people to remain in the United States temporarily without fear of deportation and apply for deferred action status. Deferred action would make these youth eligible for a work permit and social security number.

DREAMersRights.org is a resource aimed at helping young people understand their legal rights and connect with resources that can help during the deferred action application process. The website contains information such as a checklist of information youth should collect to help with an application and ways to identify immigration scams.  DREAMersRights.org also aims to connect youth with legal assistance that can help assess whether or not they should apply for deferred action and get them through the application process.

The website currently contains a list of legal resources in the Rio Grande Valley that can help with the deferred action process. Information for San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and El Paso will be added in the coming weeks.

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