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Garcetti to Hosts Free DACA Workshop Saturday

Mayor Eric Garcetti will host a free workshop at Los Angeles City Hall Saturday Oct. 19 to walk undocumented immigrants through a process that will enable people 15-32 years old to avoid deportation and get work permits.

Since President Barack Obama announced his Deferred Action Childhood Arrival policy more than a year ago, only half of the 310,000 Californians eligible for the benefits have applied, the mayor said.

“I want Angelenos to be on the forefront of this new path to citizenship that is good for families and our economy,” Garcetti said. “This workshop will help people avoid predatory notaries and self-proclaimed experts.”

Garcetti said some who are eligible face challenges including the $465 cost of applying and lack of access to legal help, while others are simply unaware of the opportunity.

Attendees of the downtown Los Angeles workshop will get advice from attorneys and step-by-step instruction on filling out the application forms.

Assistance will be available in Spanish and Korean, as well as in English.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Spring Street steps of City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

Those interested in attending should RSVP at http://www.daca100.org or by calling (855) DREAM-31.

Garcetti recently appointed former USC dean Linda Lopez to lead his Office of Immigrant Affairs, which coordinates city services to connect immigrants to available resources.