Hi. I wanted to come and tell you today about the new executive action by the Obama administration. It’s a big deal. You might have heard the President speak on November 20th about Executive Action. What does that mean? Well, the President decided to allow the Department of Homeland Security to Defer Action for millions of people who either have come here as very young people – under 16 – or who have U.S. citizen children. It could be over five million people that might be affected.
So – the deferred action – what is that? It is a reprieve from deportation so that people who are covered under the deferred action would have an ability to stay here and have a work permit while they are staying here.
Who is eligible for the new Deferred Action?
Anybody who has been in the United States since January 1st, 2010, and can prove that they have been physically present from that time until now. That person must also have had a U.S. citizen child on or before November 20th, 2014. And, the person cant be excludable because of criminal actions, such as domestic violence, DUI or many other crimes. You can consult the Department of Homeland Security website – Citizenship and Immigration Services – www.uscis.gov for more information. In fact, all of the rules about these action are on the CIS website. That is where you should look.
Who is eligible for the student or DACA program?
What the president announced was that the DACA program – first announced in June of 2012 – will be expanded. There is no longer any age limit. To be eligible for that program, a person still must have come before they turned 16 years old, and they had to be here by January 1st, 2010, until the present, and be able to prove physical presence during that time. Since this program is aimed at students, there is also a requirement that the person have graduated high school here, have a high school diploma, or have a GED. Or, you could be in school and could be working on these things. Or you could be working on a GED program, or you could be in the middle of high school.
Many many people will be covered by that, since if a person came before they were sixteen and are now, they are 52 years old, and they have proof that they finished high school, they would potentially qualify.
Of course, there are the criminal bar disqualifiers. A person cannot have had certain crimes (DUI, domestic violence), and they cannot be a deportation priority. All of these things are explained in the memos on the CIS website.