The Obama administration finally took action on behalf the “dreamers”, individuals who came to the U.S. as children and would have benefit from the failed Dream Act. On June 15 Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, issued a memorandum regarding the dreamers. The memo describes the dreamers as “young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home.”
The memo grants two years of “deferred action” to these individuals. Deferred action will permit the beneficiaries to obtain work authorization. In order to be eligible, an individual must meet the following critera:
1) came to the U.S. under the age of 16;
2) has continuously resided in the US for at least 5 years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the U.S. on the date of this memorandum;
3) is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
4) has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
5) is not above the age of 30
6) must be at least 15 years old.
The memo directs USCIS to begin implementing this process within 60 dys of the date of this memorandum.