Younger Immigrants May Avoid Deportation
The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement, which was “undertaken by executive order and does not require legislation.” The policy also stipulates that the individual must have no criminal record, have earned a high school diploma and remained in school or served in the military. Officials said immigrants are able to apply for a two year “deferred action” that allows them to avoid deportation for up to two years, and those whose deferrals are approved can apply for work permits. While the Obama administration has implemented such a policy, it does not provide a gateway to U.S. citizenship like the Dream Act which was blocked by Congress in 2010.
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