By Easton L
Effective immediately, the us will stop deportation of young illegal immigrants.
As many as 1,000,000 young illegal immigrants could be impacted by this major change in this new immigration policy.
In some cases work permits will be given in a sweeping new initiative announced by the Department of Homeland Security. The process will begin sometime in the next 60 days.
People under 30 who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas when they were under the age of 16 will be immune from deportation if they have not committed a significant misdemeanor or felony and have graduated from a U.S. high school or joined the military. They can apply for a renewable two-year work permit that won’t provide a path to citizenship. Applicants will have to prove they’ve lived in the country for five consecutive years.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters on Friday that she believed the move “is the right thing to do,” and will help the agency focus on deporting criminals. “It is not immunity, it is not amnesty,” she said. “It is an exercise of discretion so that these young people are not in the removal system.”
Young people will have to proactively apply and pay for the temporary legal status at a local United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office. If the deferred status is granted, they can apply for a work permit.
The move may generate enthusiasm among many Latinos: 85 percent of registered Latino voters said in a Latino Decisions poll that they support the Dream Act.