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NASABA applauds the Obama administration for protecting young adults from deportation.

June 19, 2012

For Immediate Release, June 19, 2012

NASABA applauds the administration for protecting young adults from deportation.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: NASABA (The North American South Asian Bar Association) applauds the recent Obama administration and DHS announcement to offer Deferred Action legal protection to eligible DREAMers.  The administration has officially recognized what many in this country already know: these young people are Americans. This is a positive step in the right direction and we urge Congress to work with the administration to complete the job and fix our broken immigration system.

Deferred Action will provide relief of deportation to more than 1 million young people who are productive and contributing members to the United States.

Preliminary eligibility requirements for this legal protection state that applicants must:

  *   Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16
  *   Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years continuously as of June 15, 2012
  *   Have maintained continuous residence
  *   Have not been convicted of one serious crime or multiple minor crimes
  *   Be currently enrolled in high school, graduated or have a GED

Millions of DREAM Act youth and their families have been living in fear of deportation for far too long. This policy will provide a measure of reasonable legal relief until Congress can act and provide a path to citizenship. The deferred action offer will be available to those in proceedings as well as to those who apply affirmatively.While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty (60) days.

 In the meantime, individuals seeking more  information on the new policy should visit USCIS’s website (at, ICE’s website (at, or DHS’s website (at

 Beginning Monday, June 18, 2012, individuals can also call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours with questions or to request more information on the forthcoming process.

For more information contact: or call Ike Devji, J.D.  Vice President Public Relations for NASABA.

Learn more about NASABA and its members at


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