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.


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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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