Department of Homeland Security Announces New Immigration Enforcement Directive for Certain Children
On June 15, 2012, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible on a case by case basis to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization:
Came to the United States under the age of 16
Have continuously resided in the United States for at least 5 years preceding the date of this directive and are present in the United States on the date of the directive
Are currently in school, have graduated 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 United States
Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
Are not above the age of 30
The new directive will be implemented in the coming weeks, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will outline and announce the procedures by which individuals can engage in this process. Urban League affiliates who have constituents that may be impacted by this new directive and want to provide additional information should have the impacted individuals contact the following resources:
Effective June 18, 2012, individuals may call the USCIS hotline at 1-800-375-5283, from 8:00am to 8:00pm, with questions or to request more information (in English and Spanish); or visit the USCIS website.
Individuals who are in the middle of removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review can obtain additional information from the ICE Office of the Public Advocate, and effective June 18, 2012 can call the ICE hotline at 1-888-351-4024, from 9:00am to 5:pm.
Free Webinar: Why Social Security Matters to African Americans
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Join National Urban League Policy Institute Webinar on Why Social Security Matters to African Americans
After nearly 77 years, Social Security remains one of the nation’s most successful antipoverty programs! In 2010, Social Security kept over 20 million people out of poverty, including 1.1 million children. Although the rules for determining Social Security benefits are the same for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, African Americans uniquely benefit from the family-oriented structure of the program based on certain characteristics. Nearly half (47%) of all African-American Social Security beneficiaries receive benefits for something other than retirement, compared to only 28% of whites. Any proposed changes to the Social Security program will have an especially profound impact on earners between the ages of 21 to 45. Through the National Urban League Policy Institute’s survey of young African American professionals, join the Webinar and find out how they view the Social Security program, and how – or whether – it factors into their financial planning. Get answers to critical questions about Social Security such as –
Is Social Security just a retirement program?
Is the program going broke?
What proposed changes – if any – are policymakers planning for Social Security? How would that affect me and/or my family?
Learn what we all can do to keep the Social Security program strong for future generations.
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