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Delayed deportation approved for 29 immigrants

Under the Obama administration, at least some undocumented immigrants have been granted leniency from deportation. Most recently, 29 applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been approved. These 29 individuals are now eligible to receive work permits and will be allowed to stay in the U.S. for the next two years.

While this is certainly good news for these 29 individuals, more than 82,000 applicants, including immigrants living in Florida, have sought delayed status from the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services. Currently, 1,600 applicants are awaiting final review.

It is estimated that the application process should take approximately four to six months, during which the applicant's fingerprints and criminal history are checked. The administration is supposed to verify applicants' current age, the age they entered into the country and their education status.

This is because in order to qualify for the delayed deportation program applicants must have entered the U.S. before they were 16, but must currently be 30 years-old or younger. They must also have completed high school, currently be in school, or who serve or have served in the military. No applicant with a serious criminal record or who poses a threat to public safety or national security will qualify for the program.

While the applicants do not receive legal status if they qualify for the program, they are protected from deportation during a two-year-period. Their delayed status can be then renewed every two years thereafter.

Qualifying applicants who live day-to-day concerned about being deported may feel at least some relief at this hopeful prospect.

Source: The Miami Herald, "DHS approves 29 people for delayed deportation," Alicia A. Caldwell, Sept. 14, 2012

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