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.