Federal Policy Allows Young Immigrants To Legally Stay In U.S.

Posted: January 2, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO ANTHONY REYES Rubicely Hernandez, GEM program coordinator for the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas, makes a few phone calls Friday, for women interested in taking classes with the organization at her office in Springdale.

Two graduates of Springdale high schools no longer have to worry what a knock on the door or blue lights in the rearview mirror might bring.

At A Glance

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals

You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:

Were younger than 31 as of June 15, 2012.

Came to the U.S. before 16th birthday.

Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

Were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of requesting consideration of deferred action.

Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.

Are in school; have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school; have obtained a general education development certificate; or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.

Haven't been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors and don't otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Source: Department of Homeland Security

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