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Today is the first day that eligible DREAMers around the country can fill out paperwork that would permit them to work and drive without fear of deportation. For DREAMers, this is life-changing. See what some of them have to say about what this day means to them:

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Hosting A Deferred Action Workshop in Your Community

     On June 15, we were excited to hear DHS’s announcement on deferred action for eligible undocumented youth. This announcement is really important for undocumented young people and their families, and we stand with immigrant communities who consider this nation their home. Our goal is to ensure that community members receive information on deferred action in an accurate and efficient manner. As the leading immigration publisher and with more than 12 years of experience in the immigration law field, we can connect organizations, like yours, with top immigration lawyers that can educate your membership and community. We would like to hold a workshop on deferred action in your city and with your participation to ensure we reach as many undocumented immigrants as possible. This workshop will not be a sales pitch, but an educational experience for your community. This collaboration between ILW.COM and your organization will entail the following benefits and expectations for you:

Benefits for your organization:

  • The participation of a verified and knowledgeable immigration attorney in a workshop that will include a lengthy Q&A session
  • Support from ILW.COM in logistics and outreach (e.g. we can provide you help with finding a suitable venue, creating flyers, drafting email blasts, etc)
  • Address the attendees about your upcoming events, programs and how to get involved in your organization and campaigns
  • The attorney will provide all the reference materials
  • A sponsorship fee – we recognize the value and impact of your work in the community. We will provide a sponsorship fee for your programs and to subsidize any expenses incurred due to the workshop.

Expectations from your organization:

  • Your commitment to spread the word about the workshop through your social networks, email lists, flyering and any other efforts to maximize attendance
  • Your collaboration on the running of the workshop

If you are interested in taking part of this collaboration or have further questions, please email us at or call us at 212.545.0818.

We look forward to working together and helping undocumented youth and communities.

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AILA ALERT: DREAMers NOT currently in Deportation Proceedings should NOT apply affirmatively for Deferred Action

by Matthew Kolken

Thankfully, the good people at AILA are alerting DREAMers that are not currently in removal (deportation) proceedings to hold off on registering under the new deferred action program

This is a smart and cautious move.  At this time we have no idea how the administration will implement the new policy memorandum.  If past implementation of the Morton memo is any indication of future results, very few people will benefit from deferred action.

If you are currently in proceedings there is nothing to lose by requesting deferred action, as it will potentially stave off removal.

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Morton Memo II: Deferred Action Promised to DREAMers

by Matthew Kolken

By now you’ve probably heard about the big announcement coming from the Obama administration that they intend to exercise prosecutorial discretion on behalf of DREAMers.

The most recent memorandum is dated today (June 15, 2012), and can be read in its entirety here

Here are the criteria for consideration:

The individual must have:

  • Come to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  • Are currently in school, has graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
  • Are not above the age of thirty.

The memorandum addresses situations where a DREAMer is in deportation proceedings, and further promises work authorization on a case by case basis.

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DHS Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

by Danielle Beach-Oswald

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people 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 removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

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Napolitano Offers Hints of How Deferred Action for DREAMers Will Work

by Greg Siskind

Thanks to reader GG for the link to CNN’s interview with the DHS Secretary.

Here are the highlights:

On the process for applying -

“There are those who are in removal proceedings now. We will either find them or we’re asking them to help us self-identify. There will be hot lines and web sites up over the next couple of days.

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