What is Deferred Action?
On June 15, 2012 took a bold step and announced U.S. government will begin deferred action in which they will stop deporting illegal immigrant youths and provide them a safe way to live and work in the U.S. legally.
As Obama stated, “These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.”
Deferred Action policy makes sense. First and foremost, it is humanitarian, to let undocumented youths stay in the country, work and live here with a legal status. These are youths that were brought here by their parents at a very young age, grew up in the U.S. and only know this culture.
Deferred Action – Who Qualifies
Deferred Action follows the Dream Act and has the following requirements:
- Arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16
- Under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012
- Have been in the U.S. for at least 5 years
- Enrolled in school or completed high school
- Serve in the Armed forces or honorably discharged
- Never been convicted
Deferred Action – What it means
If you qualify for Deferred Action, you will obtain a two year temporary right to live in the U.S. and will be renewable every two years. You will also receive work authorization permit to work legally in the U.S..
If you are in the process of being deported, the U.S. government will immediately cease all actions against you and determine if you qualify under the Deferred Action policy. If you do you will receive the above mentioned privileges.
Deferred Action – Will Help the Economy
It is estimated, Deferred Action will affect approximately one million young adults. Many of these people work illegally not paying taxes. To provide them legal work status allows them to contribute to the economy in their daily lives including taxes, insurance, schooling, legally paying for goods and services (obtaining loans, cars, homes, etc).
Deferred Action – Will Increase the Level of Education
Many immigrant adults have minimal education due to the demands placed on them by their circumstances. With the influence of the Deferred Action requirements many will invest in their education enabling them to improve their standard of living.
Deferred Action – Will Increase Social Security Fund
As we are seeing the Baby Boomer’s retiring and receiving payouts from the Social Security Trust Fund, having Deferred Action eligible adults paying into the trust fund will increase the government’s revenue.
This also allows these Deferred Action eligible adults to be able to begin accruing contribution time and therefore receive benefits from Social Security when they retiring.
Your Next Steps
1. Do you or someone you know qualify for Deferred Action?
Email us at email@example.com we can verify this.
2. Begin Gathering Your Supporting Documentation to Apply for Deferred Action.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the Deferred Action Checklist so you can get started.