What Does Deferred Action Mean

July 29, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Deferred Action Frequently Asked Questions Answered:

Who are the DREAMers?
DREAMers are youth who are under the age of 30, who can qualify for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) initiative that President Obama signed on June 15, 2012. The Presidential order grants “deferred actions” status to prevent eligible youth from being deported. Generally, DREAMers are youth who have been in the United States from a young age and have gone to school or joined the military in the United States.

What is Deferred Action?
Deferred Action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual. Deferred Action does not confer lawful status. Deferred Action is temporary

What are the benefits of Deferred Action?
Deferred Action allows the youth to be eligible for employment authorization and deferral of removal for two years. With a valid employment authorization document, youth may obtain valid employment, a social security number, a driver’s license, and auto insurance.

What does “Deferred Action” mean to countless people?
The average person in the United States would not see the benefits of Deferred Action youth, but for this niche population the action is tremendous. Youth will not have to live in fear about their immigration status. They will not have to live in fear for their dreams to be extinct at the age of 18. DREAMers will be able to go on to institutions of higher learning, seek scholarships, get jobs and serve the country that they call home. The feeling of exile will be eliminated. Securing our roads, many undocumented youth would willingly seek identification, obtaining driver’s licenses and state identification. The added benefit would be that they would not have to hide in fear of deportation to a country that they do not know.

If you woul like to see if you are eligible for DACA or need help filing out the DACA application, please feel free to call Viviana Mendez, Immigration Attorney with the Citizenship and Immigration Program at (312) 432-2259 for more information.

Find out more informaton about our BIA Accredited Citizenship and Immigration Program and how they can help.

Si quiere ver si es elegible para "DACA" (acción diferida) o necesita ayuda en llenar la aplicación, por favor llame al (312) 432-2259 para hablar con la Lic. Viviana Méndez del programa de Ciudanía y Inmigración.


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