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SIJS Deferred Action Policy FAQ
Posted on 19 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, May 16, 2022 Frequently Asked Questions About USCIS’s SIJS Deferred Action Policy Publication of the End SIJS Backlog Coalition,, 2022. This FAQ is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International... Read More

SIJ News from USCIS (Mar. 7, 2022)
Posted on 7 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Announces Policies to Better Protect Immigrant Children Who Have Been Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned : "United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced new policies that will provide better protection to immigrant... Read More

Lawsuit Targets Termination of Medical Deferred Action
Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Sept. 5, 2019 "The ACLU of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s abrupt termination of a government program that protects immigrants with life-threatening health... Read More

Trump Backtracks on USCIS Medical Deferred Action
Posted on 4 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Sept. 2, 2019 "The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would reconsider its decision to force immigrants facing life-threatening health crises to return to their home countries, an abrupt move last month... Read More

MALDEF Files Suit Against University System of Georgia for Barring Deferred Action Students Admission to Selective Universities
Posted on 2 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Sept. 2, 2016 - " Three students are suing the University System of Georgia because of policies that ban them from attending the state's top school because of their immigration classification. The lawsuit was filed today by MALDEF (Mexican... Read More

Excerpts From the July 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: Deferred Action Process for Young People Announced
Posted on 25 Jun 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

Deferred Action Process for Young People Announced On June 15, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made important statements on immigration-enforcement policy toward young people who are in the United States without... Read More

Not the DREAM Act, but a Temporary End to the Fear of Removal for Some Undocumented Youth
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 by Carrie L. Rosenbaum

By Carrie Rosenbaum On June 15 President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain undocumented youth who would otherwise be eligible for the DREAM Act. The administration instituted a policy change, but... Read More

Deferred Action: The Next Generation
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" While this memorandum is indeed a giant step in providing relief to a class of immigrants who have been out of status for no fault of their own, we propose other incremental administrative steps so that such individuals, even after they... Read More

Deferred Action and Alienage Discrimination: Juarez v. Northwestern Mutual
Posted on 29 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Over a week ago, the President extended “deferred-action” status to millions of people who faced deportation for residing in the US in violation of federal immigration law. (He then defended his legal authority to do so.) Around the... Read More

The Aftermath of United States v. Texas: Rediscovering Deferred Action (Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia) - UPDATED
Posted on 10 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Aug. 10, 2016 - "On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling in the immigration case of United States v. Texas, blocking two “deferred action” programs announced by President Obama on November... Read More

Webinars on Deferred Action, June 21-22
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"United We Dream will be holding a webinar (online seminar) to inform all DREAMers on the new "Administrative Relief" policy that was signed last June 15th. Webinar will be led by Yale Law School Professors and members of the National Coordinating... Read More

Deferred Action Victory in Utah
Posted on 7 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Three sisters who tearfully begged for a chance to go before a judge to avoid deportation within days were granted something beyond what they imagined. A yearlong stay in Utah, courtesy of the federal government. Avelar and her two sisters —... Read More

AIC LAC Deferred Action Practice Advisory
Posted on 29 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This Practice Advisory provides an overview of DHS's June 15, 2012 announcement that it will grant deferred action for certain young people who came to the United States as children. It provides preliminary analysis and suggestions for... Read More

New ICE FAQ on Deferred Action
Posted on 15 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Posted June 15, 2012 : "While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days. In the meantime, individuals seeking more information on the new policy should visit... Read More

USCIS Director Mayorkas responds to CISOMB re deferred action
Posted on 3 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" ... 1. USCIS will shortly issue internal standard operating procedures to ensure consistency in the processing and determination of deferred action requests. 2. USCIS is tracking data regarding the number of deferred action requests, the disposition... Read More