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Posts of the week: Deferred action, life as an American Sikh, Latino identity and the census, the plight of 'elder DREAMers,' more

A man holds a list of guidelines during a workshop on deferred action at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles, Aug. 14, 2012
A man holds a list of guidelines during a workshop on deferred action at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles, Aug. 14, 2012
Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

A historic change in U.S. immigration policy occurred this week as young undocumented immigrants began applying on Wednesday for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status that is part of a new Obama administration policy. Well over a million people could qualify, and could also be eligible for work permits if they meet the requirements.

Most of the reporting this week focused on this, with a few extras. In case you missed any of these, a few highlights from the week:


‘And what do you call yourself…?’: Readers on the census and ethnic identity The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed changing how Latinos self-identify on census forms, potentially making them an exclusive category regardless of race. A few reactions from readers.


'Dream' jobs: Deferred action begins Wednesday (Audio) No Multi-American posts for Tuesday, as I was on radio duty, but this report from the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles took in some of anticipation before the start of deferred action as hopeful applicants attended a workshop.


Who can file Form I-821D? A few basics as deferred action process starts Wednesday marked the start of the application process for deferred action. Applicants may download Form I-821D from, but the questions are complicated and the requirements are strict.


‘My hope is…’: Five deferred action hopefuls on why they’re applying, or not Some highlights from conversations with deferred action applicants that colleagues and I had with them while out reporting this week. "My hope is to actually just start working so I can go back to school," one young man said.

‘A woman walked up to my car and accused me of being a terrorist’: Life as an American Sikh Sikhs in the United States are still reeling from the mass shooting deaths of six worshippers two Sundays ago at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, after a known white supremacist opened fire. American Turban blogger Rupinder Mohan Singh discusses life as a turban-wearing American Sikh in the decade after 9/11 and the targeting of Sikhs since.


‘In the shadows without hope’: On being too old for deferred action In order to qualify for deferred action, applicants must have been no older than 30 as of last June 15. "The age limit is truly heartbreaking," wrote one reader in this mini-essay, which captures difficult feelings that some people who have lived in the U.S. since they were children, but are now too old to apply, are grappling with.