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Deferred Action

President Obama Announces Deferred Action for DREAMers & Work Permit Eligibility

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced a new policy implementing Deferred Action, whereby undocumented youth under 30 years of age who have been in the U.S. since they were 16 years old or younger, who have lived here for at least 5 years, and who have not committed a felony or 3 serious misdemeanors, will be protected from deportation and will be able to apply for work authorization. This policy is only temporary, each work authorization lasting a two year period. This is not the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action Policy does NOT provide a pathway to permanent residency or U.S. citizenship.  (Dennis Lopez, CLYLP Volunteer 1984–2012) 

Please take a look at the infographic below provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or take this screening interview provided by the National Immigrant Justice Center to see if you are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:

Also, please visit the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for the Application for Deferred Action now available to the public. 

For more information about who can benefit from the Deferred Action please visit DREAM Relief.org, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights, and the American Immigration Council website. 

In addition, for answers to specific questions, you can contact the following hotlines:

Law Enforcement Support Hotline: 855.448.6903

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office of the Public Advocate—888.351.4024 or EROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov

Lates DACA news:

Take a look at this DACA statistics worksheet for current statistics on DACA applicants. 

For information on the rights that students who receive DACA and the implications for their workplace pease take a look at the DACA and Workplace Rights provided by the National Immigration Law Center.