We have received reports from various sources on the ground indicating that some non-profit organizations are charging for providing legal assistance to working class immigrants for their DACA applications. We understand that as any entity that needs to run daily operations, these organizations need funding to maintain their programs and initiatives. However, when such organizations already receive enormous amounts from foundations and government agencies, how can these organizations justify charging these fees to immigrants who are already having a hard time affording the required USCIS application fees?
One such organization is Make The Road in New York, who recently just received $150,000 from New York State [link to http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-08-15/news/33220593_1_action-for-childhood-arrivals-young-immigrants-new-york-immigration-coalition]. Additionally, CHIRLA, a “nonprofit organization working to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles” is also charging individuals for the processing of their applications.
Is it fair that these organizations are charging individuals when they already get funding from foundation and taxpayers to do this work? Share your thoughts on this matter.