June 21, 2012
It was a full house at Catholic Charities of Dallas this afternoon for its first free workshop on an Obama administration plan to halt deportations and give work permits to certain young immigrants in the U.S. unlawfully.
The measure announced last Friday inspired great emotion–some of it rich in political theater in this presidential election year. But at this event immigrants just wanted the mechanics of how this all works.
“I keep reading you have to be in school,” said a young man named Mauricio. ”I graduated and went to college but stopped. Do I have to get back into college?”
Answer: “All you have to do is graduate from high school and you are set,” said Luis Rojo, a Catholic Charities lawyer.
Many here beamed today as they did the day of the announcement–and the afternoon we caught up with Ramiro Luna, who’s pictured above and lobbied hard and often for students who came to the U.S. innocently but unlawfully with their parents.