The Obama administration today announced that the US will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the US as children and have since led law-abiding lives.
Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible and evaluated on a case-by-case basis:
1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen.
2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum.
3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
5. Are not above the age of thirty.