Jonesboro Hispanic Center hosts community forum on Obama's executive action

Jonesboro Hispanic Center hosts community forum on Obama's executive action

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Since Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration back in November, House Republicans voted to end the policies and Senate Republicans are aiming to do the same.

Twenty-six states have sued the federal government, hoping to block Obama's programs from happening, and the House is considering a lawsuit as well.

That widespread opposition continues as undocumented immigrants prepare to apply for Obama's new deportation relief programs.

The Jonesboro Hispanic Center hosted a community forum Sunday to inform local Hispanics about their eligibility for these programs.

Expert immigration attorneys were also on hand with more information and to assist the families with the paperwork process.

"It's a perfect opportunity for people to take advantage of the Hispanic community," said Gina Gomez, the Hispanic Center's executive director. "So we are trying to avoid that by informing our people as to what are they able to do at this time because the application process is not ready as of this day."

Gomez said it is important to remember that once Hispanics apply for the relief programs, they will be eligible for a work permit.

"By providing a work permit for all of these people, we're going to have individuals working in the area, paying taxes in the area," Gomez said. "And that will contribute real big to the economy in Jonesboro and in the state of Arkansas."

Obama's executive action could allow up to five million people to stay in the U.S. and work legally.

The Hispanic Center will also bring the mobile consulate to the Southwest Church of Christ's gym Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer passports and consulate cards to the community.

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