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Clinic helps residents with 'deferred action' immigration paperwork

October 20, 2012 |  6:00 am

Nury MartinezL.A. Unified board member Nury Martinez is sponsoring a free clinic today to help San Fernando Valley residents with their “deferred action” program and citizenship applications.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was passed by the Obama administration and allows undocumented immigrants 30 years old and younger to stay in the country and work legally for a two-year period, with the possibility of extensions.

The program is expected to limit deportation for those who qualify for relief under this law, but will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

The clinic will be held at Vista Middle School, 15040 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills. The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will assist about 150 applicants, said Francisco Cancha, Martinez’s district director.

“We feel there is a lack of information and communication” about the topics of deferred action and naturalization, Cancha said.

Immigration attorneys and others will provide assistance with the naturalization application and a step-by-step review of the naturalization process.

“The biggest benefit is that it’s free of charge,” Cancha said. “This is the opportunity to have each individual case analyzed by a lawyer for free,” when the applications can cost hundreds of dollars.

The clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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-- Dalina Castellanos

Photo: L.A. Unified board member Nury Martinez. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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