President's Announcement on Administrative Relief
Para información en español favor de consultar la página aquí.
To watch the president’s announcement on administrative relief on immigration go to: WhiteHouse.gov/Live.
LULAC has developed a number of resources in order to provide the appropriate assistance to the immigrant population. Specifically, in the coming weeks, LULAC will host a livestream seminar with key agencies providing information about the application process. Further, through its Hispanic Immigrant Integration Program, LULAC provides assistance with immigration applications. Lastly, members can go to www.iAmerica.org for more information.
What does Administrative Relief mean?
By taking executive action, the president, for at least the next two years, has changed the lives of millions of people. USCIS will establish a program, similar to DACA but called DAPA, under which the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), who meet certain stringent criteria, will be able to request three years of deferred action and work authorization upon completion of a background check and the approval of a USCIS adjudicator.
The program will be open to individuals who:
- have a U.S. citizen or LPR child as of November 20, 2014;
- have continuously resided in the United States since before January 1, 2010;
- are physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014 and at the time of applying;
- have no lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014;
- are not an enforcement priority; and
- are not otherwise undeserving of a favorable exercise of discretion.
When an immigrant is granted “deferred action,” it means the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has deemed the individual a low priority for immigration enforcement and has chosen to exercise its discretion and not deport the individual. Deferred action provides temporary relief from enforcement but may be revoked at any time. Deferred action is not amnesty or immunity. It does not provide lawful immigration status or a path to a green card or citizenship. It does not extend to any family members of the person granted deferred action.
How can you get ready to apply?
The exact process has not been provided by the Department of Homeland Security. Until then, LULAC urges the immigrant community to beware of unscrupulous actors posing as attorneys by calling themselves “notarios” and demanding payment for immigration services. In addition, since the provisions outlined by the president are extensions of an existing program (DACA), we know what forms will most likely be requested. LULAC suggests that the immigrant community have the following documents available: Affidavits from community-based or religious organizations to establish a requestor’s homelessness or lack of parental or other familial financial support; Copies of tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, or other reliable evidence of income level. Evidence can also include an affidavit from the applicant or a responsible third party attesting that the applicant does not file tax returns, has no bank accounts, and/or has no income to prove income levels Copies of medical records, insurance records, bank statements, or other reliable evidence of unreimbursed medical expenses of at least $10,000.
USCIS breakdown of initiatives, who is eligible and how to apply:
White House Fact Sheet on Executive Action
Do you want more information or need assistance?
We are still getting the details of what the president’s announcement on administrative action includes and what individuals may qualify. Please submit your information here.
White House Legal Counsel Memo on Legal Authority for Deferred Action click here
Administrative Relief Talking Points here.
LULAC members are also urged to call 1- 877-585-2201 where LULAC staff are ready to answer questions. You can also text us at 202-903-8829.