On August 15, the new deferral program for the deportation of some young illegal immigrants will start. However, the success of the new program will depend entirely on a number of details, which will be handled on a case to case basis. The decision by the Department of Homeland Security to grant deferrals of two-years to the young immigrants brought to the U.S. at an early age by their parents illegally, might be the most ambitious plan for immigration every taken by a governmental agency.
There are hundreds of thousands of young adults and teens who are illegal immigrants that could submit the deferral applications to the DHS. The applications are a way of young people to give themselves up to authorities and hope their case is approved. DHS said each case would be handled individually and determined only by the merits of that particular case.
Adding to pressures put on the DHS is the scrutiny the department will receive from the many critics of President Obama and his immigration policy change. This deferral program is the biggest development in immigration since 2009 when Obama took office. The teens and young adults brought to the U.S. illegally now have a way to remain in the country legally, if they meet the criteria for eligibility. For example, no criminal records are allowed.
Obama’s White House administration has opted for this as their answer to the DREAM Act that has been stalled in Congress by the Republicans. The Act is part of a larger comprehensive reform package of Obama for immigration that would help qualify many illegal immigrants to a path for residency or citizenship.