In keeping with its efforts to enforce our nation's
immigration laws in a firm and sensible manner, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
announced today that effective immediately, young people
who were brought to the United States as young children, do not
present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet
several key criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action
for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be
considered for relief from removal from the country or from
entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they
meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a
period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to
apply for work authorization. To read the full press release, click here.
"Our nation's immigration laws must be enforced in a
firm and sensible manner, but they are not designed to be blindly
enforced without consideration given to the individual
circumstances in each case. Nor are they designed to remove
productive young people to countries where they may not have lived
or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many
other areas, is especially justified here," said Secretary
Immigration Update Call
The White House will be hosting an off-record call regarding
this announcement this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. EDT. To join this
call, please RSVP here. The participant call in number is (800)
To learn more about today's DHS announcement, click here.
Watch President Obama's Speech Live
1:15 p.m. EDT: The President will deliver remarks in the Rose
Garden on the Department of Homeland Security's
Mari Carmen Aponte Confirmed by Senate as Ambassador to El
"Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte has been a highly effective
advocate for the United States in El Salvador, earning respect from
across the political spectrum, from civilians and military leaders,
and from public and private officials. As an honest broker, she has
helped advance programs and policies to enhance citizen security in
El Salvador while weakening transnational crime links that affect
our own national security. Ambassador Aponte has also been a strong
voice for democratic governance throughout the region."
To read the entirety of the President's Statement, please click here.
On March 8, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, bearing an edition date of March 8, 2013, for immediate use by employers.
A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators has introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, an 844-page bill that aims to bolster border security and seeks to provide some of the nation's 11 million undocumented people with a path to citizenship.