Rep. Raúl Grijalva is holding a series of forums for people who may be affected by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow young people to remain in the country if they came illegally as children.
Grijalva’s meetings are preliminary, he says, because the regulations for implementing the policy are not yet written.
The Southern Arizona congressman wants to make sure Arizonans have a chance to get information on the president’s new immigration policy and find out whether it applies to them.
The Department of Homeland Security estimates there may be 80,000 to 100,000 people in Arizona who could be eligible to avoid deportation because of the president’s recent executive order, Grijalva says. While he wants to help them find out about it, he says others also need to understand the new policy.
“It’s very important to expose the faces of these young people to the rest of the people in Arizona so we don’t get clouded in the stereotypes and the mongering that’s been going on in this issue and immigration in general," Grijalva says.
The first of the meetings will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Phoenix, at the Arizona State University Cronkite building. Grijalva has also scheduled a forum Monday at 1 p.m. in Tucson, at Pueblo Magnet High School, and another at 11 a.m. Tuesday in San Luis, at the Fernando Padilla Community Center.