Deferred Action

USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

Yesterday, USCIS posted an update shedding light on what the renewal process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will look like. Though the notice is preliminary and subject to change, it offers over half a million DACA recipients vital information about what they should do to prepare for the road ahead. The update [...]

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What Does More Discretion and Less Deportation Look Like?

What Does More Discretion and Less Deportation Look Like?

Following President Obama’s announcement that administration officials will review enforcement policies to see how to make them more humane, NBC News reports that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has compiled a list of recommendations for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on what actions could be taken to slow deportations. According to NBC News, the caucus will [...]

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Petition Challenges DHS on Enforcement Priorities

Petition Challenges DHS on Enforcement Priorities

Last week, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) along with six individuals, submitted a formal request to the Department of Homeland Security asking the agency to temporarily suspend the deportation of low-priority undocumented workers and their families and grant them “deferred action.” Deferred action is a discretionary decision by the government not to pursue [...]

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What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

As Congress continues their protracted debate on immigration reform, state governments are taking the lead on moving positive measures forward. Thus, anti-immigrant groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Numbers USA  will be on the defensive in 2014, devoting time and resources towards preventing pro-immigrant state policies from taking root. They are certain [...]

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Why Is There a Disparity in DACA Application Rates Among Different Nationalities?

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Why Is There a Disparity in DACA Application Rates Among Different Nationalities?

A year and a half in, nationals from nearly every country have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama’s deportation reprieve program for certain undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children. Despite this diverse participation, nationals of some countries are dramatically underrepresented in the applicant pool. Comparing the latest USCIS DACA [...]

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Top Five Immigration Stories from 2013

Top Five Immigration Stories from 2013

From the beginning, it was clear that 2013 was going to be a big year for immigration. The results of the 2012 Presidential Election were widely interpreted as a rebuke to Mitt Romney’s enforcement-only “self-deportation” policy, and President Obama’s huge victory among minority communities was seen as a mandate for reform. It seemed, at the [...]

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Senate Confirms Mayorkas as DHS Deputy Secretary

Senate Confirms Mayorkas as DHS Deputy Secretary

Following the confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary on Monday, the Senate approved Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS deputy secretary on Friday by 54 to 41. Mayorkas has served as the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services since 2009. During his tenure at USCIS, Mayorkas was responsible for the [...]

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Will New USCIS Memos Confuse House Judiciary Committee Again?

Will New USCIS Memos Confuse House Judiciary Committee Again?

One of the significant lessons of 2013 is that good immigration policy matters to the American public.  It’s unfortunate, then, that the House Judiciary Committee is choosing to end its year focusing not on immigration reform, but on how best to take the President to task for making use of executive authority.

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Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first announced, it was clear that individuals would have to meet some sort of education requirement in order to obtain the program’s many benefits, including a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation, work authorization, a social security number, and—in nearly every state—the chance to apply for [...]

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Are You Really Too Old for DACA?

Are You Really Too Old for DACA?

It is past time to clear up an oft-repeated misconception about President Obama’s deportation deferral program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): it is simply not true that individuals must be under 31 to be eligible for DACA. Any individual born after June 15, 1981 is within—and shall remain within—DACA’s age requirements. Only individuals [...]

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