On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, set forth by the Obama Administration to potentially help over a million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States avoid deportation and obtain work authorization. The policy shift targets the children of those immigrants who were brought into the country unlawfully by their parents.
“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Napolitano in the press release. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”
The directive goes into effect today, but are applicants well informed? From eligibility to what forms to fill out, from what to expect after you file to criticism of the directive, here is what you should know before you apply.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE APPLYING: