By Laurel Morales, Fronteras Desk
Federal officials have laid out guidelines for new immigration policies for certain young people who came to this country illegally as children. As of Aug. 15, many will be eligible to request a delay in deportation proceedings.
DREAMers will soon see some relief. In June, President Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting young illegal immigrants provided they meet certain criteria previously proposed under the DREAM Act. DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.
Individuals who are under the age of 31, came to the United States before they were 16, are in school, completed high school or served in the U.S. military can pay $465 to defer action on their undocumented status for two years.
"USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) will not use the information contained in the request for Immigration Enforcement purposes unless the individual has been convicted of a criminal offense has engaged in fraud in this process, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety," agency Director Alejandro Mayorkas said.
Mayorkas says they made that decision in order to try to convince illegal immigrants to come forward.
Those interested in applying should go to the USCIS website on Aug. 15.