Migrants Still Seeking Deferered Action
It was the first shoe to drop in the current immigration debate--and local advocates tell 550 KTSA News the White House's "deferred action" program is drawing more interest than ever.
"There was a lot of fear at first on whether 'Deferred Action' would still be in place, depending on where the election went" said Kimberly Rendon with the San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement, adding that many feared stepping forward If President Barack Obama, who enacted the program with an executive order last year, were to lose his re-election bid.
"Where it was going to go if he was not re-elected, then there would have been fear of applying for it, and it being removed or taken away" Rendon said, adding "I think after that (The President's re-election) they felt a little bit of safety, because it was the President's option to create this."
Rendon said there is more interest than ever in the program, given the uncertainty of what form Immigration Reform might actually take, If a measure is passed at all. The group is planning on another of their information sessions on the program-- set for February 16th at Palo Alto College.
By Bill O'Neil