The Obama Deferred Action Plan–NO Announcement today

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To update all of our friends waiting anxiously for the promised announcement from the Obama Administration about how and when to submit applications under the deferred action program (called DACA by the Obama folks). It appears that there will be no announcement today. In the interim, watch our blog for the next announcement about the application process–as soon as we …

Obama Deferred Action (“ODA”): Trickling Information

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An exceptional attorney friend of mine, Kimberley Best Robidoux of Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP attended a question and answer session today at the USCIS San Diego District Office and has provided an outline of the discussion. District Director Paul Pierre spoke initially to provide information and then opened it up to Q&A from the stakeholders who …

Update on the Obama Deferred Action Plan

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It turns out that President Obama did NOT issue an Executive Order on Deferred Action for youth who entered the US before they turned 16 on June 15, 2012. Rather, DHS Secretary Napolitano issued a MEMO on a specific type of prosecutorial discretion to be exercised towards those youth. In her testimony before the House of Representatives on July 19, …

The Obama Dream Program–What Is It Really?

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President Obama announced a significant change in its previously announced prosecutorial discretion program. Effective immediately (although without a process to use yet), any person who meets the following criteria can be considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, can live free of the fear of deportation, can get a work permit: came to the United States under the age of …