WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) applauded the
announcement by President Obama today that people under 30 who arrived in the U.S. as
children can receive deferred action on deportation for two years, subject to renewal, and
legal eligibility to work.

“This announcement marks a landmark change in immigration policy. It provides a ray of
hope for those who were brought to the United States as very young children through no
choice of their own and built lives in our communities. The only country they know is
America. They pledge allegiance to the flag in school every day. They have grown up in
our communities, and they love this country,” Rep. Eshoo said.

“This important policy change reflects the best of America. As a strong supporter of the
DREAM Act and keeping families together, I’ll continue to work in Congress to codify
and expand these changes, ensuring they endure through future Administrations.”


The policy change involves the use of “prosecutorial discretion” to defer deportation
orders for “DREAM-eligible” young people who arrived here before age 16, have lived
here for five years or more, have pursued education or service in the military, and are
currently under age 30. People granted deferred action can apply for work authorization.

Only individuals who can prove they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred
action. Individuals will not be eligible if they are not currently in the U.S. Deferred action
requests are decided on a case-by-case basis. The use of prosecutorial discretion does not
change immigration status or provide a pathway to citizenship; only Congress can confer
these rights through legislation.

Click here to read Secretary Napolitano’s complete order detailing the policy change to
immigration enforcement agencies.


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