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Respite from DHS for DREAMers

Post submitted by Josh King, Former HRC Senior Public Policy Advocate

Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that young people who were brought to this country as young children and meet criteria laid out in guidance from DHS will be eligible to receive deferred action for up to two years and remain in the United States. “Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Janet Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language.”
The announcement today is welcome news to many young immigrants who have worked tirelessly for years to bring this issue to the nation’s attention.  You may remember in 2010 when four students walked from Miami, FL to Washington, DC to highlight the need to address this issue. The students, Felipe Matos, Gaby Pacheco, Carlos Roa, and Juan Rodriguez, stopped by HRC to speak on the importance of LGBT and undocumented youth. HRC has endorsed the DREAM Act and continues to advocate for Congress to address immigration legislation including the Uniting American Families Act and the Reuniting Families Act.

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