By Alice Kenny
With tempers flaring and others cheering President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration reform, online commentator Joe Torres dedicated an entire WABC 7 Tiempo show to explain the action’s ins and outs.
To help break it down, he turned to Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Director Beatriz Diaz Taveras and fellow experts during this recent Sunday televised round-table discussion.
The executive action grants special legal status to up to five million immigrants.
The order protects from deportation mostly parents of children born in the United States who
- Have lived here for 5 years or more
- Pay a $500 fee
- Have no criminal record
“This is a humanitarian effort and its really keeping families together,” Ms. Taveras tells Torres.“It’s keeping those United States citizen children and lawful permanent resident children with their parents. …I really think we have to focus on the families as a whole unit and keep the families together and that is exactly what this executive action does.”
Do you have questions about immigration reform?
Call Catholic Charities-administered New York State Immigration Hotline at 800-566-7636.