History of the DREAM Act and Deferred Action
The DREAM Act, also known as the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, was introduced to the United States Senate in 2001 by Senators Orrin Hatch and Dick Durbin. The DREAM Act has been introduced a number of times in both the House of Representatives and the Senate following its initial creation in 2001 without being passed, though in 2010 the DREAM Act passed in the House, but not in the Senate when the 60 votes needed to end the floor debate could not be attained.
The New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition pushes for policy change and social action on issues pertaining to young immigrants in New Jersey. As the DREAM Act was debated in Congress, the NJDAC advocated for the In-State Tuition Bill in the 2009-2010 session of the New Jersey State Legislature. The bill did not pass, but the support for it brought different groups of immigrant youth throughout New Jersey together in their unified effort. The NJDAC’s website is located at: www.njdac.org.
As the DREAM Act remains stuck in Congress, on June 15, 2012, President Obama issued an executive directive providing for a program called Deferred Action. Unlike the DREAM Act, Deferred Action does not provide a pathway toward citizenship, but is an act of prosecutorial discretion. Young illegal immigrants who match specific requirements detailed in this website (see: Requirements) will no longer be deported. Immigrants can file for renewable two-year periods of “deferred action.” During these periods, those in the program can apply for work permits, which would facilitate applying for a social security number, driver’s license, and college admission.
USCIS alerts eligible individuals NOT to submit a deferred action request under the Deferred Action Process for Young People memo until a date to be announced in August 2012. If you file now, your application will be rejected. USCIS has 60 days to finalize the application process and cannot accept requests at this time.
The Scheer Immigration Law Group encourages all individuals who believe that they might be eligible for Deferred Action to educate themselves about the requirements for the program. It is of utmost importance that DREAMers seek detailed advice from lawyers or authorized professionals and avoid notarios who may take advantage of immigrants!
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