On Jun 15, 2012, The Obama administration announced a new policy to stop deporting DREAM Act eligible undocumented youth! The policy will give the opportunity to apply for deferred action for those who meet the following criteria:
- Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16
- Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years and maintained continuous residence
- Have not been convicted of serious crimes
- Be currently enrolled in HS, graduated from HS, have GED, or enlisted in Military
This deferred action policy is effective immediately and will be available to ALL youth: those in deportation proceedings, those with final orders of removal, and those in no proceedings at all. This will allow eligible youth to obtain a work permit and will effectively remove the threat of deportation for up to two years, with repeated extensions.
Click here to watch the President’s remarks. He emphasizes stopping the deportation of DREAM eligible youth is the right thing to do and pushes Congress to pass the DREAM Act.
This is a BIG WIN for all involved in the Immigration Reform Movement including the youth that Hopedale participants met at the UU sponsored interfaith Immigration Justice Conference in March. Many of those young people were part of Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, an organization that works on Immigration issues and concerns in the Cincinnati area through education, networking and advocacy.