The White House announced today that the administration will provide Deferred Action for some undocumented youth.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that 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.
In our efforts to provide the immigrant community with quality immigration services, we are diligently studying new information as it becomes available. To provide you with the latest information, LUPE will hold an orientation meeting on the “Deferred Action” for “Dreamers” announcement by Pres. Obama this Thursday, June 21st at 7pm at our San Juan office, located at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Business 83 in San Juan. Join us as we discuss the eligibility criteria and other aspects of this policy change.
Click here to read the official DHS announcement. And for commentary as to why the announcement is coming now, read this reaction from Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance.