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Capps Applauds Obama Administration's Decision to Stop Deporting Law-Abiding, Undocumented Young Adults

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Location: Santa Maria, CA

Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) applauded the Obama Administration's decision to stop deporting law-abiding, undocumented young adults and begin granting them work permits.

I am very pleased by the Obama Administration's announcement today. I have long said that young people brought to this country as children who are going to school and working hard should be given a chance to work toward citizenship and further contribute to our society. Unfortunately, the federal DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented young adults brought into the country as children, has been blocked by Republicans in Congress many times. I'm happy to see the Administration take the necessary steps to overcome this obstructionism and give young people the chance they deserve," said Capps.

Under the Obama Administration's new policy, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the criteria listed below will be eligible for a renewable deferred action, which allows them to remain the United States for up to two years. Individuals who are granted deferred action can then apply for work permits.

Eligibility Criteria:

1.) Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;

2.) Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;

3.) Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

4.) Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;

5.) Are not above the age of thirty.

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