An Overview of the Deferred Action Program

The Deferred Action Program was issued on June 15th of 2012. Deferred action was put in place in order to de-prioritize legal removal action against illegal immigrants that entered the Unites States as children. In order to qualify for the Deferred Action Program, the candidate must not pose a threat to public or national security. Additionally, applicants must also meet other criteria such as having entered the United States before the age of sixteen and having lived in the United States steadily for five years. The applicant must be a student or have in their possession academic accreditation such as a high school diploma, general education development (GED) certificate, or college diploma. Likewise, the applicant cannot exceed the age of thirty and not have any felony charges.

Unlike the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, the Deferred Action Program is not a path to permanent legal citizenship. However, the Deferred Action Program would give applicants authorization for legal employment andl protection from deportation. This legal protection lasts for two years as long as the recipient abstains from violating terms of the program. The most severe violations would include a felony offense or multiple misdemeanors, indicating that the person potentially threatens the safety of United States citizens. At the end of the two year timeline, the deferred action is subject to renewal.

The Deferred Action Program is referred to as a discretionary program, which indicates that each case is reviewed individually. Opponents of the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action Program claim that these initiatives encourage illegal immigration since they give benefits to young illegal immigrants. However, these programs are put in place in order to avoid unfair punishment against young immigrants who contribute socially, culturally, and academically to the United States. For more information on deportation, contact the immigration attorneys of William Jang, PLLC, today.

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