A coalition of immigrant rights groups Tuesday launched a public education campaign aimed at boosting amnesty applications during the final few months of the yearlong legalization program.
"There are still a lot of people out there who don't know their rights under the law," Robin Blackwell, coordinator of the Orange County Coalition for Immigrant Rights, said Tuesday at a news conference. "Time is running out."
May 4 is the deadline to apply for legal resident status under the legalization program, which grants amnesty to illegal aliens who have lived in the country continuously since Jan. 1, 1982, and to some agricultural workers who have been in the United States a shorter time.
The coalition unveiled a handbook that includes complete listings of Orange County organizations which handle amnesty applications, as well as where to find legal and financial help. The handbook, published in both English and Spanish, will be distributed through the coalition's approximately 35 groups--ranging from the City of Irvine to the United Agricultural Assn.