Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began accepting requests for consideration of deferred action. On June 15th President Obama announced a change in immigration policy that would provide relief from deportation for young people who meet certain requirements. Deferred action is a temporary measure and does not change the person's existing immigration status, but someone granted this relief is eligible for work authorization and will not be deported. Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and Member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the first official day of the application process:
"This is a new day for the Dreamers all across America. Through President Obama's leadership, our youth now have the opportunity to put their talents and education to work for the country they know and call home.
Today, as USCIS begins accepting requests for deferred action, eligible youth must take every precaution throughout the application process to do it right. Young people should first know the facts to determine their eligibility and where necessary, seek assistance from trusted community and legal organizations to avoid fraudulent and dishonest service providers. Let us help our youth walk with ease through this process of achieving their dreams but also take up the work in Congress to fix our broken immigration system at last."