Cit­i­zen­ship clinic to be held in San Luis

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY CESAR NEYOY BAJO EL SOL

Two Somer­ton-based non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions will host a clinic later this month for area res­i­dents who need help ap­ply­ing for U.S. cit­i­zen­ship and for “dream­ers” who want to re­new their tem­po­rary le­gal sta­tus be­fore the ex­pi­ra­tion of the DACA pro­gram.

The clinic of­fered by Chi­canos Por La Causa and Cam­pesinos Sin Fron­ter­ans is slated for Sept. 25, at Cesar Chavez El­e­men­tary School in San Luis, Ariz., 1130 10th Ave., but those wish­ing to at­tend must pre-reg­is­ter.

Those seek­ing help fill­ing out cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­ca­tions will be charged a $50 fee to cover the cost of the clinic.

People can reg­is­ter for the clinic at the Cam­pesinos Sin Fron­teras of­fices in Somer­ton, 725 E. Main St., or in the Fer­nando Padilla Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in San Luis, 800 E. Juan Sanchez Blvd., be­tween the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, they can call (928) 627-1060 or (928) 6275995.

Reg­is­tra­tion can also be done at the Chi­canos Por La Causa of­fice in Somer­ton 308 W. Main St. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (928) 627-2042.

The Chi­canos of­fice in Somer­ton will also be open Sun­day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or people who have ques­tions about el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments for cit­i­zen­ship or DACA.

DACA — the acro­nym for De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals — was es­tab­lished by ex­ec­u­tive or­der of then-Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to pro­vide tem­po­rary pro­tec­tion from de­por­ta­tion to youths or young adults brought il­le­gally to the U.S. as mi­nors.

Pres­i­dent Trump has re­voked Obama’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der, and DACA ben­e­fi­cia­ries will be able to ex­tend their le­gal res­i­dency sta­tus an­other two years only if their cur­rent per­mits ex­pire on or be­fore March 5. They must, how­ever, file their ap­pli­ca­tions for ex­ten­sion from U.S. Cit­i­zen­ship & Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices by Oct. 2.

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