• Relief for the Undocumented Youth
  • June 18, 2012
  • Law Firm: Wilner OReilly APLC - Cerritos Office
  • On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security formally announced that it will offer deferred action to "DREAMers." Deferred Action is not, in and of itself, legal status.  In essence, deferred action is a legal means by which the government promises that it will not enforce specific immigration law against specific persons.  In this instance, the class of specific persons are individuals that:

    • Are 15-30 years old, and entered before age 16
    • Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012
    • Have maintained continuous residence
    • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple minor misdemeanors
    • Be currently in school, graduated or have a GED, or is an honorably discharged veteran
    • The deferred action offer will be available to those in proceedings, as well as to those who apply affirmatively.
    In this unprecedented move, the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security have provided long sought after relief on behalf of our nation's undocumented youth.  Individuals that received the grant of deferred action will also be eligible to apply for and receive work authorization and a license to drive.  Consequently, hundreds of thousands of high school graduates will now be able to attend college.  Moreover, college graduates who have been without work authorization will now be able to find work with scrupulous law abiding employers.  Along those lines, employers and other concerned citizens alike may be able to finally offer some assistance to families that they have known for years.