According to a DHS Press Release: “Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.”
Pro-immigrant groups are applauding this move as a positive start given that Congress has no intention of passing any meaningful immigration legislation. Of course this is a smart political move by the Obama administration. It will be interesting to see how Republicans handle the immigration issue as we approach the November elections.