Democracy Now: New Policy Takes Effect to Halt Deportation of Immigrants Brought to the U.S. as Children


A new federal immigration policy takes effect today that could eventually stop the deportation of as many as 1.76 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Beginning today, students, veterans and others under the age of 31 may be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation if they meet certain conditions. Speaking on Democracy Now! last week, Thomas Shea of the New York Immigration Coalition explained what the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will mean for undocumented youth.

Thomas Shea: “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is not a pathway to legalization, a pathway to the green card or a pathway to citizenship, unlike the DREAM Act. If Congress had passed the DREAM Act, it would be a pathway to people getting their green card. And Deferred Action for Childhood of Arrivals is just really a determination by the immigration authorities that we’re not going to deport you. You are — we could deport you from the United States, but we’re not going to start deportation proceedings against you, or if you’re in deportation proceedings, we’re not — we’re going to stop the deportation proceedings against you, or if you have…”

Amy Goodman: “For how long?”

Thomas Shea: “For two years. And during that two-year period, you could get a work permit.”

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~ by wheresthemic on August 15, 2012.

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