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June 27th, 2012
Grijalva Announces Public Forums on Obama’s New Immigration Enforcement Plan in Phoenix June 30, Tucson July 2, Somerton July 3

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today announced he will host a series of upcoming community forums for students, families, education leaders, non-profits and others interested in President Obama’s newly announced immigration enforcement policy. Attendance will be free and open to the public. Details for each event are available below.

Rep. Grijalva will deliver opening remarks and introductions at each event, and legal experts will be available to answer questions.

“President Obama’s new policy is an important step toward ending our senseless punishment of young people who find themselves without legal status through no fault of their own,” Grijalva said. “Millions of students across the United States who have done everything right – studied hard, worked hard, and stayed out of trouble – continue to face the threat of deportation from their homes to countries they may never even have visited. President Obama’s policy change puts the American dream within reach of these deserving students. I’m committed to making every resource available to DREAM Act-eligible students during this process, and I hope to see them and their families at these forums.”  

Phoenix Community Forum

When: June 30, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Where: Arizona State University Cronkite Building, Room 128 (555 N. Central Phoenix)

Speakers: Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC), CADENA, Promise Arizona and ACLU of Arizona


Tucson Community Forum

When: July 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Pueblo Magnet High School, Cafeteria (3500 S. 12thAve. in Tucson)

Speakers: DREAM Act Students, Religious and Community Leaders, Legal Experts


Somerton Community Forum

When: July 3, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Fernando Padilla Community Center (1090 E. Union St. in San Luis)  

Speakers: DREAM Act Students, Religious and Community Leaders, Legal Experts


The Obama administration recently announced through administrative authority that, on a case-by-case basis, it will grant deferred enforcement action and work authorization to young people who meet the following criteria:

  • Have come to the U.S. before the age of 16;
  • Have resided continuously in the U.S. prior to June 15 and be present in the U.S. on this date;
  • Currently be in school, have graduated fromhigh school, have a GED certificate or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or U.S. armed forces;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  • Are not above the age of thirty.
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