Update on Deferred Action for DREAMers and why they should not apply at this time.

DREAMers should NOT apply affirmatively for Deferred Action at this time. USCIS and ICE has stated that they will begin accepting affirmative applications by mid-August.

Individuals who face imminent removal from the United States and who believe they can demonstrate that they satisfy the eligibility criteria should immediately contact:

  • Law Enforcement Support Center’s hotline at 1-855-448-6903 (staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week);
  • ICE Office of the Public Advocate through the Office’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 (staffed 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) or by e-mail at ERO[email protected].

On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security formally announced that it will offer deferred action to “DREAMers.” For all the promising undocumented youth who call America home this represents the opportunity to come out of the shadows and fully embrace the only country they know. AILA embraces this bold action provide relief and enable these young people to actively contribute to our society and economy.

Eligible individuals must:

  • Have arrived in the U.S. when they were under the age of sixteen
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years prior to June 15, 2012 and have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Not have been convicted of a felony offense, a “significant misdemeanor offense,” three or more non-significant misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
  • Have been under thirty-one years old on June 15, 2012

AILA Press Statements and Correspondence

AILA Press Statement, AILA Praises Deferred Action Announcement AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12061533 (posted Jun. 15, 2012)

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