Agents Sue to Halt Deferred Action Program

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesTen agents from the ICE have sued Janet Napolitano (Secretary of Homeland Security) and John Morton (Director of ICE) in Dallas federal court to stop the deferred action program. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday, August 23rd on the grounds that the program causes the agents to violate their oath of office and several US laws. Stay tuned for more information as this case unfolds.

Under the Deferred Action program, which began on June 15, 2012, individuals who were brought to the United States when they were children may be eligible for deferred action for a period of two years and employment authorization. Individuals who obtain deferred action will not be subject to deportation for a period of two years and will qualify for employment and other opportunities as a result.

Applicants must meet certain basic criteria to qualify for deferred action, and that list, as well as the USCIS information number, can be found here. Deferred Action workshops have been held in many states across the US and more are scheduled. If you have a specific question about deferred action, go to Ask a Lawyer. Others have had their deferred action questions answered there.

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