Newsletter June 2012 – Obama administration will not deport Undocumented, law-abiding young people and will be Granting Work Permits: It’s About Time Mr. President

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Obama administration will not deport Undocumented, law-abiding young people and will be Granting Work Permits: It’s About Time Mr. President

According to a memorandum released on June 15 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the Obama administration will no longer deport undocumented, law-abiding young people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally when they were children. In addition, some will also be eligible to receive work permits.

Napolitano wrote, “Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. 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.”

In the memorandum to top officials from US Customs and Border Protection, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Napolitano outlined the criteria for people who qualify for the exemptions from deportation proceedings as follows:

• Must be currently under the age of 30 must have entered the United States before they were 16 years old;

• Must have lived in the United States for five years before today’s date;

• Must be enrolled in school, have graduated from school, obtained a GED, or have been discharged from the Coast Guard or the armed forces.

People who demonstrate with documentation that they meet the criteria will be able to defer action on their deportation for two years and will be allowed to apply for work permits.

This exemption does not apply to those who have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor offense, or multiple misdemeanor offenses, or if they pose a threat to national security.

But Secretary Napolitano pointed out that this new policy does not provide a path to citizenship. She added, “This memorandum confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights,” Napolitano said. “It remains for the executive branch, however, to set forth policy for the exercise of discretion within the framework of the existing law. I have done so here.”

But whatever the case, this is a true start to the American DREAM. Thank you, Mr. President.

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