Local group helps people with immigration questions

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The staff at the Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Wichita have been helping more people. 

Last year, they served about 800 people, which about 250 were people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program questions. 

"Everybody is coming to renew. They have until October 5th to renew the last DACA. Right now we're booked solid doing DACAs," said David Osio, director.

DACA protects young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas was rescinded on September 5th. The program did not provide a path for U.S. citizenship.

It was announced that DACA will end in six months to give Congress time to find a legislative solution for these immigrants.

"I usually tell my clients, all my DACA clients that have come here crying, they leave here with hope. The hope is that Congress will get to work," said Osio. "By March 5th, we will have some kind of decision of what they're going to do. If March 5th, they have nothing, then President Trump has said, 'We will look March 5th.' If nothing has happened with Congress, he will look at this again." 

To learn more about the Catholic Charities Immigration Services provided, click here.

To book an appointment with Catholic Charities Immigration Services, call (316) 264-0282.

To learn more about the DACA program, click here.

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