Washington DC - Today, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas and other senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials will hold a telephonic conference to discuss the next steps in processing Obama’s dream. This follows Secretary Janet Napolitano’s June 15th directive. Although this conference has been cancelled at the last minute two other times, it is expected to go forward at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
During the teleconference, Director Mayorkas will provide a brief overview of the development of the process by which certain young people who came to the United States as children may request deferred action (the official name for Obama’s Dream Act). Following the Director’s statement DHS officials will be available to take questions from the public.
In accordance with the Secretary’s memorandum, USCIS will begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action on August 15, 2012.
It was in the late afternoon, on Friday June 16, 2012 that President Obama announced that his administration will stop deporting qualified undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. at a young age and will be granting work permits to these immigrants.
Under the administration plan, undocumented immigrants will be protected from deportation if they prove that they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They will receive a work permit valid for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.
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