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‘Only a Stopgap Measure’: Renewal of Deferred Action Underscores Need for Permanent Reform

June 05, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Department of Homeland Security announced the process by which young people who have received deferred action can renew their enrollment for another two years.

With the announcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a revised application form for both renewals and initial applications. In addition to the initial guidelines, renewal applicants must have resided in the U.S. continuously since their last request for deferred action and must not have left the country since Aug. 15, 2012, without advance permission. In addition, they must pass a new background check.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding DACA renewal:

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has allowed more than half a million young aspiring Americans to contribute to our society. Young people are working or continuing their educations, building a more promising future for themselves and for our country.

“For the United States to truly embrace and solidify these benefits, we need Congress to vote for a permanent immigration process that includes the opportunity for hardworking immigrants to earn legal status and eventual citizenship.

“DACA remains a wise prioritization of government resources, but it is only a stopgap measure. Real reform will allow law enforcement to focus on real threats to public safety rather than on law-abiding immigrants for whom America is home. And, most important, commonsense reforms will stabilize families and communities so we can all work together toward a stronger America, no matter where you were born.”

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