A dream closer to becoming true.
President Obama announced his administration will stop the deportation of young immigrants on Friday, June 15th.
The administrative relief will drop deportation orders of some youngsters and give them a chance to apply for work authorization.
The President made it clear in a short, but straight forward speech, that this is not amnesty or a path to citizenship. This only enforces that DHS deport criminals and not young Americans who will eventually boost the country’s economy if given this chance to participate legally in it.
Who benefits from this? This is not a law nor categorical relief, so not everyone is benefited. There are requirements to be met and the decision is made on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible for deferred action a person must:
- Have entered the US before the age of 16
- Have a high school diploma or GED, be enrolled in school, or be a veteran from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces
- have lived in the US for a consecutive five years and were in the country on the date the memorandum was announced
• be younger than 30
- have no criminal record (felony, multiple misdemeanors)
The memorandum is effective immediately, but USCIS and ICE have 60 days to start implementing it.
Individuals who are currently in deportation proceedings will have the chance to have their cases revised and cancelled for two years with the possibility of renewal. They will also be able to apply for a work authorization.
For those who are not currently in deportation proceedings, USCIS is expected to provide a process that will allow for a two year relief from deportation and application for a work authorization. The memorandum explains this would prevent productive young Americans from being deported in the future.
It’s important to remember, this is still a case-by-case process, meaning that every case will be looked at and decided upon individually. So not everyone who meets the criteria will necessarily receive the benefits.
Although this does not mean the Obama administration will give “papers” to everyone, it does create a sense of safety and certainty for some young folks who are directly affected by this deferred action.
During his speech the President firmly repeated that this is “the right thing to do.”