Obama Offers Two Years of 'Deferred Action' to Illegal Immigrants

President Obama on Friday, June 15, 2012 announced a temporary policy providing a two-year deferral from deportation for young illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and meet several other requirements.

The deportation deferral policy is intended to apply to young illegal immigrants who entered the United States with their parents or other adults. Children born to illegal immigrants while already in the U.S. are automatically classified as American citizens under the 14th Amendment, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in its 1897 U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark decision.

In a memorandum issued Friday, June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano authorized U.S. immigration officials to grant a renewable, two-year deferral from deportation for illegal immigrants who pose no security risk and:

* Are not above the age of 30;
* Were under age 16 when they came to the United States;
* Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years;
* Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate (GED), or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
* 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.

Illegal immigrants meeting all of the requirements for deferral of deportation will also be eligible to apply for authorization to work legally in the United States.Call 212-402-6886 for more information.
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