A Halt to Deportations for DREAMers
[Last updated: 6/15/2012 at 12:57pm EDT]
BREAKING NEWS – Today, President Obama announced prosecutorial discretion will be expanded to allow DREAMers to remain in the U.S. and continue their education. This announcement means a halt to deportations for all those who qualify.
“The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently under 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, remained in school or served in the military.” ~ NYTimes
- Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
- Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- 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;
- Are not above the age of thirty.
ReformImmigrationforAmerican.org estimates that nearly 1 million DREAMers will be spared from deportation as a result of this policy.
- NYTimes – U.S. to Stop Deporting Some Illegal Immigrants »
- Politic365 – Obama: OK – Let’s Protect DREAMers from Deportation
- CNN – Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants
- The Guardian – Obama signs order to stop deportation of young undocumented immigrants
- TODAY! President Barack Obama will speak about immigration at 11:15a/MST (1:15p/EST)
- Watch it LIVE here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
- Read the full PRESS RELEASE from DHS Secretary Napolitano
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