5,000 illegals in BR could get reprieve under president's plan
BATON ROUGE - The city has an estimated 10,000 undocumented immigrants; half could qualify to stay under plans announced by the president Thursday.
President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration allows those living in the U.S. illegally to remain in the states risk-free if they register, pay taxes and don't break the law. About five-thousand staying in Baton Rouge qualify and could get a two or three year pass to stay.
"There really wasn't much we could do for them even if they had U.S. citizenship, children or permanent resident children because of their status, and because of when they came we couldn't do anything," said Corina Salazar, Director of Refugee & Immigration Services at Catholic Charities. "This is opening a door, temporarily, but it's opening a door for now for them."
Catholic Charities is planning informational sessions in the Spring for those who need help filling out proper documents related to the plan.