(LAS VEGAS CBS KXNT) Hundreds of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children streamed through the Las Vegas office of Hermandad Mexicana on Wednesday and Thursday, seeking help with deferred action applications. Deferred Action is an Obama Administration initiative that will prevent deportation for two years, allowing those who qualify to get a driver’s license and social security number, and to work legally.
Blanca Gamez has been working as a volunteer at Hermandad Mexicana, shepherding applicants through the process. Gamez was brought here when she was 7-months old, and tells the applicants she is also DREAMer, a handle that’s been embraced by youthful immigrants disappointed when congress failed to pass the DREAM act — Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The Act would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants aged 16-30.
Gamez, a graduate of UNLV and aspiring law student, encourages skittish applicants by telling them she, too, has registered for deferred action. Some of the eligible people are reluctant to put their names into the federal system, fearing consequences two years from now when the deportation deferrment expires.
The Obama adminstration has promised no action will be taken against the registrants. Gamez tells them if she thought it was dangerous, she wouldn’t do it.
Gamez told KXNT the DREAMers will infuse several trillion dollars into the American economy. She doesn’t believe the government will deport them after they’ve had a chance to prove their value to the country.