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Deferred Action Records Requests To San Diego Unified Higher Than Expected

Aired 10/1/12 on KPBS News.

San Diego Unified staff has been busy handling transcript requests from immigrants looking to take advantage of the new "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program. So busy, in fact, that the office designated for such requests will serve at least a month longer than originally expected.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows immigrants brought here as children to stay in the country for two years, and get a work permit.

To be eligible for DACA, applicants must prove they have lived in the United States continuously since their arrival here.

Earlier in the month, San Diego Unified School District set up a central location to handle all DACA document requests.

Bea Fernandez, who heads that office at the Ballard Parent Center in Old Town, said her five person staff sees 40 applicants seeking transcripts a day and answers 60 to 80 phone calls.

"We're just doing the best that we can to accommodate the huge number of requests," she said.

The Ballard Center was only slated to handle transcript requests until November. But, because of the high demand, Fernandez said it will continue to handle DACA requests until at least December 14.

Locally, some 20,000 immigrants could be eligible for Deferred Action.

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HarryStreet | October 2, 2012 at 4:35 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

The children of illegal immigrants are not at fault here, but their parents certainly are. Yes, they came here illegally in the hopes of building a better life, but it was still illegal entry which is against the law. People know the difference between right and wrong and instead of doing things the same way year after year, the parents could have applied for legal status in the U.S.

And what about the responsibility of Third World governments? Do they not share a blame in causing people to leave their countries in pursuit of a better life. And then the people themselves. Are they not responsible for the governments they have?

If a person has come here illegally, but built a life that is law-abiding, paid taxes, and is pretty much a straight and arrow, then I'm okay with voting to give them legal status.

But where do we draw the line?

If we gave amnesty would that put an end to it?

By all means, let's give the kids amnesty and the parents, too, who can prove they have decent jobs, homes, and have paid taxes year after year. Let's see if this fixes the problem, or encourages more to come here illegally.

Sooner or later something has to change, right?

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