August 15 is a day that many undocumented youth in this country have anxiously awaited. Millions of youth, who call themselves Dreamers, can now apply online for permits that will allow them to work and stay legally in the U.S. for two years.
The big opportunity unfolding today started just three months ago on June 15, when President Obama announced a new government policy that would allow Dreamers – undocumented, immigrant youth between the ages of 16 and 31 -- who meet various qualifications, to apply for work permits in the U. S. without fear of deportation.
Who can apply?
All undocumented, immigrant youth, who were brought to the U.S. as children, are eligible to apply if:
1) They have not committed a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors
2) They are not currently in deportation proceedings or who do not have a final order of deportation.
3) They are in school, have graduated from high school, have earned a GED or have served honorably in the military.
Obama’s immigration policy prioritizes the deportation of criminal immigrants while allowing law-abiding, hard-working youth to stay in the U.S. through a policy of Deferred Action, which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines on its website:
“Deferred action is a form of prosecutorial discretion created to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines.”
Those with questions about the new immigration policy regarding Dreamers are encouraged to “call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 with questions or to request more information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process or visit www.uscis.gov.”
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