Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Why ‘Deferred Action’ Isn’t Enough

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"Deferred action is a vague and confusing process—and it will probably lead to unscrupulous notarios entering the picture.  Under current regulations, individuals whose case has been deferred are eligible to receive employment authorization, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment.”  Deferred action can be terminated or renewed at any time at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security.  Many potential DREAMers will be hesitant to apply and “out” themselves to authorities, even in exchange for employment authorization, if the President is not re-elected.  The delays occasioned by schools being overwhelmed with transcript requests make it clear that this has been a complicated and expensive process, one with uncertain contours.  History may be on the side of the DREAMers, but they still find themselves in a cruel