President Obama’s New Policy Deferring Deportation

As many of you already may know, President Obama on June 15, 2012 announced a new policy which would permit individuals not older than the age of 30 who entered before the age of 16 and who have been in the US for 5 years or more before June 15, 2012 and who has met certain other requirements to apply for the deferral (delay) of the United State’s right to seek to remove and deport such individuals.

This is not a new law.  Only Congress and the president together can create a new law.  Rather, the President, in his role as the chief law enforcement officer, has exercised his right to determine how to best use the limited resources of the government.  In doing so, the President has decided to concentrate the government’s efforts to remove and deport individuals who have been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor or more than 2 other misdemeanors.

What Does This Mean To Me?


The USCIS (US Citizen and Immigration Services) has been given 60 days from June 15, 2012 (August 15, 2012) by Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano to create a process to accept requests for deferred action for young people who are a law enforcement priority.  Just before the April 30, 2001 expiration  of 245(i) which had allowed people to file for adjustment of status if they had illegally crossed the border (rather than being inspected by an immigration officer), the government’s systems were overwhelmed with filings and massive delays resulted.  Although the USCIS has made significant improvements in service since then, it would not be surprising that new delays will arise.

No Attorney Can File For You Now, but an Attorney Can Help You Get Ready.

You will need DOCUMENTS to show that you MEET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS outlined by President Obama and Secretary Napolitano.  I can assist and advise you as to what you need to meet the requirements.  Call Immigration Lawyer Marc P. Feldman at 973-267-7555 to make an appointment or contact me through this website.

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