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I know everybody is excited for tomorrow but I have an advice for some of you. TAKE YOUR TIME. I say that because there is only one chance with this application. If you get rejected, you are done. There is no appeal process and you can’t get them to reopen/reconsider your case (reapply) if you get rejected. I would much rather take my time and make sure everything on my application is 100% correct
This is a huge win for the immigration reform movement, and comes as a result of years of tireless mobilization and agitation by DREAMers, undocumented immigrants, and immigrants’ rights activists and politicians.
The expansion in policy means that effective today, there will be an immediate halt to all deportation proceedings for DREAMers, and all DREAMers who are already in deportation proceedings will get deferred action (lasting two years) and work permits, if they meet eligibility. Any DREAMer who meets the criteria can come forward and apply for deferred action and a work permit as well.
While this is an exciting moment for the immigration reform movement, it is not an ultimate victory. This policy expansion still does not provide a path to citizenship for DREAMers. There is still a dire need for a national DREAM Act. The struggle continues, and electing pro-DREAM champions into office this November is as important as it has ever been.
Here are some of the details of the new policy:
To be eligible you must
There are no restriction on when you can apply (i.e. no window that closes after a year, for example)
Grants of Deferred Application are for 2 years and are renewable
Criminal Ineligibility: If you have been convicted of a felony, a serious misdemeanor or three minor misdemeanors not all stemming from same incident, then you are not eligible.
We estimate that as a result of this policy extension, nearly 1 million DREAMers will be spared from deportation. This is truly an exciting day
The President will make a speech at 1:15PM EDT today.
ICE officials said undocumented demonstrators arrested in Phoenix on Tuesday don’t fall under the agency’s enforcement priorities and won’t be deported. (Facebook: Diane Ovalle)
Federal authorities said Wednesday they will not deport six undocumented immigrants arrested this week during a Phoenix, Ariz. protest against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration policies.
In the summer of 2009, I participated in my first legislative visit to one of my elected officials in Washington, D.C. Persuaded by the group of students that accompanied me, I was selected to be the person from the group to brief the office of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) on why the DREAM Act was, and continues to be, a crucial piece of legislation for this country.