Today, the Obama Administration began accepting deferred action applications for DREAM-eligible students, removing them from the threat of deportation. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32) released the following statement:
"Today, the Obama Administration took a remarkable first step to providing a brighter future for kids who would otherwise be penalized for their parents' mistakes. DREAM students are here illegally through no fault of their own. They have been brought up as Americans, in American schools, and are every bit as deserving of an education as anyone else who calls this country home.
"I am truly excited about what the Administration's new DREAMers policy will mean for the over 10,000 Dreamers in my district alone, and my office is available to help with any questions or concerns that they may have. I commend President Obama for once again demonstrating stalwart leadership -- not only is this the right thing to do morally, but it will also benefit every American to keep bright minds within our borders where they can contribute to our society."
On June 15th, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that DREAM students -- students who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria -- will be considered for relief from the threat of deportation.