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PLYMOUTH - Immigration reform law can be a complicated issue even for those who specialize in it, and Plymouth schools are hoping to help take some of the confusion out of "Deferred Action" reform for local residents.
Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Plymouth High School will host a workshop on Deferred Action for local residents affected by the law. Immigration lawyer Thushanti Kamalakanph from Goshen will be on hand to speak on and answer questions about the law to those it affects.
"The law affects undocumented students who entered the country before they were 16 and as of June 15 were younger than 31," said Aimee Porteus, Director of Guidance at Plymouth High School. "The process allows them to defer action on their immigration status for a period of two years."
"We got initial information on the new law in August," said Norma Rodriguez ENL teacher at Riverside Intermediate School who helped organize the workshop. "Since then there has been a lot of updated information and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to get that information."
The new law affects anyone between 15 years old and 31 years old, who has not been deported or currently involved in deportation proceedings, has not committed a felony, has been continuously physically present in the United States since June 15 of 2007. You must also be in school, have graduated from high school, be registered or completed GED classes or been honorably discharged from the military.
You must have proof of identity such as a birth certificate, passport, Matricula or other such document translated into English, proof of continued residency in the U.S. for the last five years and proof that you do not have a disqualifying court conviction such as court records.
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