On August 14, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security started accepting applications for Deferred Action for DREAMers, young people who came to the U.S. as children and have lived here for many years. While this is not a new law, while we wait for the DREAM Act to hopefully still be passed, this offers a meaningful alternative to an estimated 800,000 to over 1 million people in the U.S.
What is deferred action?
Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual. In addition, although an individual whose case is deferred will not be considered to be accruing unlawful presence in the United States during the period deferred action is in effect, deferred action does not excuse individuals of any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence. Read more