Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security proceeded to implement the deferred action process for DREAM Act eligible individuals:
"I applaud President Obama and Secretary Napolitano for keeping their promise to implement a deferred action process that prioritizes the use of our law enforcement resources to focus on public safety threats, not innocent young people looking to contribute to our society. Starting today, this process will allow law enforcement to dedicate their efforts to going after violent criminals and those who pose risks to our national security, while preserving opportunity for thousands of young people who have grown up here and want to do more for the only country they have ever known. This is smart policy that will enhance our nation's security while removing the specter of deportation that haunts DREAMers.
"I hope Republicans, especially those who expressed willingness to help these young people, will support the Administration's efforts to provide them with a reprieve while Congress works out a path forward. The President can only do so much administratively. The onus is on Congress to permanently fix our broken immigration system. I call on my Republican colleagues to help us pass the DREAM Act along with comprehensive immigration reform that is tough, fair and practical."
Background: Today's announcement by DHS provides further clarity on how the application process for deferred action will work. According to DHS, deferred action will only be granted to eligible individuals on a case-by-case basis - as long as individuals can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet the specified guidelines. Each applicant must cover the cost of their application, which is $465. For more information please go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at: http://1.usa.gov/LhQrYl