Grab the Rent Receipts, Duck the Scams: Activists Rush to Help People Qualify for Obama Immigration Plan

How groups are advising undocumented people how to take advantage of Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform.

News Story (California, Florida, Michigan, NATIONAL, New Mexico, Texas)

Esme E. Deprez
November 22, 2014
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Tags: Immigration Process, Legal Needs, Pro Se/Self-Help, Telephone Hotlines

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), Michigan United, RAICES (Texas), Border Network for Human Rights (Texas) (BNHR), Center for American Progress (CAP), Florida Legal Services (FLS)


Gathering documents such as birth certificates and rent receipts to prove eligibility is a necessary first step, according to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, California. The nonprofit organization is also warning that scam artists may try to profit from excitement before the application system is up and running, which could take months.

Another group called Michigan United plans informational sessions for immigrants in Detroit next month. And in Texas, a new hotline from the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services will soon provide as much as 45 minutes of guidance on how to navigate the process without an attorney.