Friday, June 15, 2012

Obama Immigration Policy Change for Young People

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the Obama Administration has changed their immigration policy.  Today's DHS press release states:  "effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings.  Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization."

Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, stated that "our nation's immigration laws must be enforced in a sensible manner...[and] are not designed to be enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case."

Under this change, individuals that meet the following criteria will be eligible for this deferred action.

  1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  5. Are not above the age of thirty.
For more information, you can visit the DHS press release:

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