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Homeland Security Launches Administrative Relief for DREAMers

August 14, 2012

Government to Accept ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ Applications Starting Wednesday

Washington, D.C. — Application forms came online today for young people who wish to request deferred action. A grant of deferred action would, for two years, suspend deportation proceedings for young people who came to this country as children and provide them the opportunity to work legally in the United States. Those interested in applying must fill out three application forms: one for deferred action and two related to employment authorization. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept forms beginning tomorrow, August 15. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“We celebrate the beginning of the Obama administration’s initiative to allow many young aspiring citizens to remain in our country and contribute to our society by putting their diplomas to work or continuing their educations. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will allow many hardworking, American-raised young people to take a significant step toward realizing their dreams.

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a good example of smart prioritization of government resources. While U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reviews requests for deferred action, Homeland Security agencies that deal with immigration enforcement can focus on real public safety threats rather than law-abiding students.

“As we begin to realize the benefits of this temporary measure, we must continue to press for Congress to transcend partisanship and come together behind a permanent immigration process that recognizes the value of all who pledge allegiance to our country.”

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To read the USCIS guidelines on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, including guidelines and frequently asked questions, visit http://www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.

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