Forum set for immigrants seeking extensions of deportation deferrals

Immigrants who want to learn how to apply for extensions of their deportation deferrals and work permits through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are invited to attend a forum in Atlanta next week.

The forum is set for June 28 at 1 p.m. at the Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway in Atlanta. The Latin American Association and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are holding the event, which is free and open to the public.

Officials will not be accepting renewal applications there but will be guiding people how to fill them out. The Obama administration announced this month that immigrants can immediately begin applying.

The program applies to immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children, who have attended school here and who have not been convicted of any felonies. Since it went into effect in 2012, the program has granted two-year deportation deferrals and work permits to 553,197 people, according to federal figures through March 31. Of those, 17,356 live in Georgia.

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