TCRP Hails Administration Decision to Not Deport Young Undocumented Immigrants

“Fair and Just” Decision Ends a “Life of Fear in the Shadows of Society”

The Texas Civil Rights Project hailed the Obama Administration’s decision to stop deporting and begin giving work permits to younger undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and have since led law-abiding lives.

TCRP Director Jim Harrington called the decision “fair and just.”

“It’s not been fair to penalize young people whom their parents have brought to the United States without proper documentation. Nor was it fair to deport them back to countries they’ve never known, many without the ability to speak the language or without family with whom they could live. It was also unfair to them and to our society that these young people could not get a higher education or become productive members of our community. The prior policy had created a sub-class of young people who had to live in fear in the shadows of society.”

The Administration’s decision will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants, who:

– Are 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16
– Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012
– Have maintained continuous residence
– Have not been convicted of one serious crime or multiple minor crimes
– Are currently enrolled in high school, graduated or have a GED, or have enlisted in the military

The deferred action offer will be available to those in proceedings as well as to those who apply affirmatively.