BREAKING: Janet Napolitano said eligible undocumented immigrants can apply for deferred deportation August 15, 2012Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Breaking News Regarding Deferred Action.
Napolitano said eligible undocumented immigrants can start applying for deferred deportation Aug. 15, and that we can expect more information on the policy Aug. 1
From executive director of the National Tequila Party Movement (and Irish undocumented immigrant activists), Margaret Reyes:
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before Congress about Deferred Action for Dreamers. Her testimony provided a few new pieces of information about the program that was announced on June 15, 2012.
Upper Age Eligibility: Applicants younger than 31 on June 15, 2012 will be eligible to apply. DHS had previously indicated that applicants had to be not over 30 in order to be eligible, leaving open the questions of whether that meant a person would be eligible until his or her 31st birthday, and whether DHS would consider the person’s age as of the date of application or as of June 15, 2012.
Application Process:An application procedures announcement is anticipated to be issued on August 1, 2012
Application Submission: The application process is expected to begin on August 15, 2012
Fees: $465 fee for both work authorization and biometrics. It is likely there will be a separate deferred action application fee but unclear if there is a fee waiver option
From Fronteras Desk:
Secretary Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee, mostly related to deferred deportation and temporary work permits for undocumented immigrants brought here as children. Unsurprisingly, Democrats praised Napolitano and Republicans were harshly critical. Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle said the new policy could create precedent for other agencies to disregard the law.
“What can we do as legislators to make sure that we get the laws that are passed actually, fully enforced by the executive branch?” Quayle asked.
“You know, Representative, I’ve been an executive my whole career, so it’s really hard for me to get into that legislative mindset. I’ll leave that for you,” Napolitano replied. “But I will say, we are enforcing the laws. We’ve removed more people from this country than any prior administration over a similar time period.”
Napolitano said eligible undocumented immigrants can start applying for deferred deportation Aug. 15, and that we can expect more information on the policy Aug. 1.