On June 15, 2012 President Obama announced a new immigration policy that will allow some undocumented students to continue their education, receive work authorization, and most importantly avoid deportation.
Around 1 million young people could benefit from the deferral. To be eligible, applicants have to be between 16 and 30 years old, live in the U.S. for five years, and maintain U.S. residency. People who have one felony, or minor misdemeanors will be ineligible to apply. “Deferred action” will last for two years and can be renewed, depending on who will take office in the upcoming election.
The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors, or DREAM Act, would allow undocumented citizens brought here as children to have the ability to gain legal citizenship. Some of the DREAM activists from PA were able to join Al Día this week and offered their insight on the new policy and explained why they aren’t ready to celebrate just yet.
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