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For Immediate Release
August 10, 2012
Contact: Natali Fani-González, 301.442.8459. Natali@mateagroup.com
 

MOMSRISING PRESS STATEMENT
 

Over 1.7 million of immigrant youth could benefit from Deferred Action process; MomsRising stands strong behind the DREAMers, urges caution when applying!
 

While we continue the momentum towards passage of the DREAM Act, mothers across the country are standing in support of the 1.76 million immigrant youth who will be able, starting August 15, 2012, to seek a form of administrative relief from deportation.
 
This first step in the long-awaited deportation relief for youth who came to our country as children is an immense victory for families across the nation.  With that said, MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground family-oriented advocacy group of more than one million members across the nation, urges people to be very careful and thorough when applying for this new process.  
 
Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, announced by President Obama’s Administration last June, undocumented immigrant youth could be granted a two-year reprieve from deportation if they can demonstrate that they:
  • Arrived to the U.S. under age 16;
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. for the last five years as of June 15, 2012;
  • Have not been convicted of certain crimes;
  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, and are currently in school, have graduated or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces.
 
Youth must be at least 15 years old to apply—those under 15 but otherwise eligible must wait until they reach 15 years of age before applying, unless they are already in removal proceedings.
 
Forms to request consideration of deferred action will be available starting on August 15, 2012. The total fees for deferred action will be $465.00; this is a universal fee that includes the application for employment authorization. In a veryfew instances, fee exemptions may be available such as in situations wherethe applicant is homeless or in foster care, or suffers from a disability and cannot care for herself/himself. Requests for fee exemptions must be submitted prior to a request for deferred action. More information about eligibility and the process can be found at USCIS’s website.  Once an application is submitted it cannot be changed, and there is no process for appeal if it's not approved.
 
“At MomsRising we are absolutely thrilled that families with DREAM-eligible youth can begin to have peace-of-mind thanks to this deferred action,  although the DREAM Act is still necessary to provide youth with a permanent solution,"  expressed Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director/CEO of MomsRising.  “In applying for deferred action, we ask our youth and their parents to be very cautious when applying to this process since it has no appeal. We strongly encourage people to find a licensed attorney or accredited representative to obtain legal advice.” 
 
There have been reports of dishonest consultants, particularly those who are known as “notarios” or “immigration consultants,” saying that they will get applications approved faster if they are paid an extra fee.  This is a scam because there is no expedited processing for deferred action.
 
MomsRising urges the community to only trust information from a reliable source, such as the USCIS, or a reputable legal or charitable organization such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association, before requesting deferred action.
 
The youth of our country are our future.  All of them.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process is a step in the right direction to extend the talents of our immigrant youth for the benefit of us all.   
 

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MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable child care, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many mothers.  MomsRising also advocates for health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2011, Forbes.com named  MomsRising's web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the third year in a row.