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BREAKING: President Obama to Protect “DREAM” Youth from Deportation


Although clearly it would be better if Republicans would stop blocking the DREAM Act (and a million other things), this is great (breaking) news:

Under the “deferred action” policy, a Department of Homeland Security directive, students in the U.S. who are already in deportation proceedings or those who qualify for the DREAM Act and have yet to come forward to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, will not be deported and will be allowed to work in the United States. An estimated 1 million young people could benefit from the deferral. To be eligible, applicants have to be between 15 and 30 years old, live in the U.S. for five years, and maintain continuous U.S. residency. People who have one felony, one serious misdemeanor, or three minor misdemeanors will be ineligible to apply. “Deferred action” will last for two years and can be renewed.

Great news, President Obama to the rescue once again. Oh, and as an added bonus, the reaction from anti-Latino Republicans (but I repeat myself!) should be priceless (if 100% predictable). Waaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!! LOL

P.S. See a press release on this from Secretary Napolitano on the “flip.” 



WASHINGTON— 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.


“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”


DHS continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders. Today’s action further enhances the Department’s ability to focus on these priority removals. 


Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case-by-case basis:


1.)    Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;


2.)    Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;


3.)    Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;


4.)    Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;


5.)    Are not above the age of thirty.


Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action.  Individuals will not be eligible if they are not currently in the United States and cannot prove that they have been physically present in the United States for a period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding today’s date.  Deferred action requests are decided on a case-by-case basis.  DHS cannot provide any assurancethat all such requests will be granted. The use of prosecutorial discretion confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights.


While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days.  In the meantime, individuals seeking more information on the new policy should visit USCIS’s website (at www.uscis.gov), ICE’s website (at www.ice.gov), or DHS’s website (at www.dhs.gov).  Beginning Monday, individuals can also call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours with questions or to request more information on the forthcoming process.


For individuals who are in removal proceedings and have already been identified as meeting the eligibility criteria and have been offered an exercise of discretion as part of ICE’s ongoing case-by-case review, ICE will immediately begin to offer them deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.


For more information on the Administration policy reforms to date, please see this fact sheet.


    Richmond, VA – Tim Kaine released the following statement today in response to the announced policy by the Obama Administration that it will end the deportation of young people who were illegally brought to the United States of America before they turned 16, and allow for their applications for work permits. The statement follows in Spanish:

    “Today’s decision is an important step toward the goal of building the most talented workforce in the world. In order to maintain our competitive edge in a global economy, we must tap the skills of all our young people, not just some, who have benefited from our schools and communities. Only when we pursue immigration policies based on what’s best for our economy, not political ideology, can we ensure that we’ll have a workforce ready to lead new industries and fill the high-tech and skilled jobs of tomorrow.

    “Instead of punishing children for actions their parents took long ago, this policy will allow these young adults the opportunity to contribute to society, and be the engines of innovation for the next generation. These children have grown up and gone to school in our communities for most of their lives. It’s time  we allow them to serve and work, in order to reach their full potential.”


    “La decisión de hoy día es un paso importante hacia la meta de armar la base laboral más talentosa del mundo. Para poder mantener nuestra ventaja competitiva en la economía global, tenemos que aprovechar las habilidades de toda nuestra juventud, no solo unos cuantos, quienes hayan beneficiado de nuestras escuelas y comunidades. Solo cuando buscamos normas de inmigración que están basadas en lo que es mejor para la economía y no para alguna ideología política podremos asegurar que tendremos un personal listo para dirigir nuevas industrias y llenar los puestos de trabajo especializados y de alta tecnología de mañana.

    “En vez de castigar a los niños por las acciones de hace tiempo que tomaron sus padres, esta póliza va permitir a los jóvenes la oportunidad de contribuir a la sociedad y ser una fuerza innovadora para la próxima generación. Estos niños han crecido y aprendido en nuestras comunidades por la mayoría de sus vidas. Es hora que les demos la oportunidad de servir y trabajar para que así puedan alcanzar su potencial.”