Free legal help offered for deferred action applicants

Rep. Charles Gonzales hosts San Antonio event

SAN ANTONIO - People who came to the U.S. as children were able to get free legal help Saturday as part of President Obama's deferred action plan.

The program allows people who are currently younger than 31, and came to the U.S. before they were 16, live and work here legally. Applications for the program are available starting Wednesday.

MORE INFO: Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

Many lined up Saturday to get free legal advice at an event hosted by Democratic Rep. Charles Gonzalez. One lawyer said the work permit can make all the difference to these young people who call the U.S. home.

"These kids that grew up here, this is the only country they know," attorney Joseph DeMott said. "This is the only country they love. Finally, they have been accepted by some small measure."

DeMott said the work permit is only good for two years and the program is ongoing, meaning there is no deadline to apply.


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