Certain Young People Will Qualify for Deferred Action and Work Authorization Under a Policy Announced on June 15, 2012


 
 
By Karla C. Steele, Shareholder Califf & Harper, P.C.
Written June 19, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Friday, June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, made a very important announcement – that certain young people who were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own as children and who meet certain criteria will be considered for relief from removal called "deferred action” for a period of two years that will be renewable. This development will bring some peace of mind to those young people in our communities between the ages of 15 and 30 who otherwise worry about their status and fear the threat of getting deported. It will allow these young people to apply for a work authorization card and with that card to obtain a Social Security Number and a driver’s license. It has been estimated that this policy may affect around one million people (Center for American Progress www.americanprogress.org).
 
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