Immigration advocates on Wednesday launched a new mobile app designed to help illegal immigrants to take advantage of President Obama’s non-deportation policy for so-called Dreamer immigrants.
Known as “Pocket DACA” — a reference to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the government’s name for the legalization program — the free app gives advice on how to apply for the program and lists groups immigrants can contact for help.
Under the non-deportation policy, which turns a year old on Thursday, those brought to the country at a young age who have avoided major criminal entanglements and have completed high school or enrolled in the military can apply for a two-year legalization, which allows them to avoid deportation and get a work permit.
Those who would qualify are known as Dreamers after the name of legislation pending in Congress that would grant them full citizenship.
The app allows users to do a pre-screening interview so they can see if they are likely to qualify, including age and residency requirements.
It also contains information about how to avoid immigration scams and to get access to scholarships to help pay the fees required by DACA.