Administrative relief session
Administrative relief session

In my previous column, I wrote about President Obama’s directive for Administrative Immigration Relief, and I mentioned that I will be giving our readers an update on a plan to hold an informational session on the matter. Finally, after communicating with the staff of Michigan United (MU), we were able to set a confirmed date for the session, which is Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. This will start at 1 p.m. and will end at 2 p.m.

To be hosted by the Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations ( NaFFAA- Michigan), the session will be held at the Fuji Japanese Buffet in Madison Heights.

On the same day, there will be another Filipino-American event at Fuji Buffet. This is the “Executive Partnership Session” which will be hosted by the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO). This will start at 11:30 a.m. and will end 12:45 p.m.

Although the informational session on Obama’s Administrative Relief is totally different from

the Executive Partnership Session, we are inviting the participants in the first session to attend the second event. (See related news story on Page 3.)

The Executive Partnership Session will be attended by FILAMCCO officers and members of the board of directors plus the presidents of the FILAMCCO-affiliated organizations.

The session on administrative relief is open to the public, but we request people intending to attend to let us know in advance that they are coming.

The main resource speaker at the administrative relief meeting is Adonis Flores, who is from MU. He will be supported by UM staff and volunteers.

The attendees will learn about Obama’s Immigration Executive Action. The session will cover the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) for which applicants can start to apply in May 2015. It will also cover the Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for which applications are to be accepted beginning Feb. 18, 2015.

What protection does “Deferred Actions” provide? What documents are needed? Who can apply? These questions will be answered during the session.

Shortly after the session, there will be private consultation on individual immigration status. Attorney Carol D’Agostino, a top Filipino-American immigration lawyer, will meet Filipinos with immigration problems and provide them consultation services.

This event is being offered as a community service by NaFFAA-Michigan headed by this writer.

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Willie is a teacher at the Detroit Public School. A very popular and influential leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, Dechavez is the incumbent Michigan state chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and public relations officer of both the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM). A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he is also vice president of the Bicol Association of Michigan. He is recipient of numerous awards.

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