What Does the New Immigration Policy Mean for Undocumented Aliens?
While the debates rage in Washington, D.C. about immigration reform, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security announced a new immigration policy regarding deportation of immigrants under the age of 30. Announcement of the new policy came on June 15th, 2012.
The new policy will stop the deportation of and issue work permits to young immigrants who meet specific guidelines: these individuals must have lived in the United States for the past five years, be a current student or a high school graduate, have no criminal record, and be under the age of thirty. There is also a possibility that this program could eventually lead to U.S. citizenship.
Many undocumented aliens were brought to the United States by their parents at a young age. For them, this is their country. If they have shown that they have worked hard during their time in the U.S. to build a better life, they will be given the opportunity to continue on the path to citizenship.
About the Author: Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney in San Diego, California. He received his JD from Syracuse University Law School.