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Michigan Immigrant Rights Center Announces Coalition to Provide DREAM Act Assistance

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The Michigan Immigration Rights Center announced that it is working with the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to provide consultation and assistance to young persons who may be eligible for deferment under the Act. Susan Reed, director of MIRC, said today.

"By now you've probably heard the big news.  USCIS should be releasing an application and instructions this week for the "DREAM Deferred Action" program, which is officially known as "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" or "DACA."  More information on the program from USCIS is available here

We think that it is very important that people not rush into submitting an application without having a one-on-one consultation with an immigration law practitioner.  For the past several weeks, MIRC has been working alongside fellow members of the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (MCIRR) to coordinate delivery of low-cost immigration legal services to young immigrants with financial need who might qualify for relief.  You can find all of the details on our website:

DACA intake in metro Detroit and Eastern MI:
http://www.michiganimmigrant.org/deferredactioneast

DACA intake in West MI:
http://www.michiganimmigrant.org/deferredaction

Those who have intake consultations who are eligible and decide to apply will be scheduled for a group workshop appointment at one of the many workshops members are currently planning around the state.  Applications will be prepared and filed at group workshops for a nominal fee. Those who do not need low-cost assistance will be referred to private counsel.  MCIRR member organizations statewide will be reaching out to community and pro bono volunteers to help prepare and file applications at upcoming group workshops, so stay tuned.  Only individuals who have attended MCIRR-member intake appointments (schedule linked above) will be given appointments at group workshops.

Please share this information with your friends, your neighbors, your faith communities, your students, your clients, anyone who might need low-cost assistance!  Don't let them go to "notarios" or go without.  We'll keep the details updated on the website."

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