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Friday, August 10, 2012

First Oregon Deferred Status Applicants to Gather in Portland on August 15th

Portland, Ore.-- Join Causa, Oregon’s Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization, on August 15th at the USCIS Application Support Center in Downtown Portland for an historic day as we gather in celebration and in support of the first DREAMers applying for Deferred Action Status in Oregon. August 15th is the 1st day new applications for Deferred Action can be submitted. .

Oregon ranks among the top 15 states with the number of Deferred Action Status applicants expected to be over 16,600 people.

August 15, 2012 at 8:00am
1st Deferred Status Applicants in Oregon
USCIS Application Support Center
1455 NW Overton Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Applicants chosen for this event were selected from among Causa’s dedicated volunteers and have worked with an attorney to ensure they qualify and have the appropriate documentation. Others needing assistance with their Deferred Action Status application can attend one of Causa's application clinics happening in communities around Oregon. .

Applicants needing information about Deferred Action, the application clinics or other questions should call Causa’s Deferred Action Hotline at 1-855-884-2287. The line will take calls between 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm Monday thru Friday


On June 15th, President Obama announced that the policy of prosecutorial discretion—which allows immigration agents to defer deportation of low-risk, non criminal undocumented immigrants—will be expanded to all DREAM eligible youth. This is a huge win for the immigration reform movement, and comes as a result of years of tireless mobilization and agitation by DREAMers, undocumented immigrants, immigrants’ rights advocates, organized labor, faith-based organizations, the business community, politicians and others.

The expansion in policy means that effective June 15th, there was be an immediate halt to all deportation proceedings for DREAMers, and all DREAMers who are already in deportation proceedings will get deferred action (lasting two years) and work permits, if they meet eligibility. Any DREAMer who meets the criteria can come forward and apply for deferred action and a work permit, as well.

To be eligible you must..
• Be between 15 years or older and 30 years or younger may apply
• Be in US for at least 5 (as of today, 6/15/12)
• Have to have maintained continuous residence (relatively flexible interpretation)

There are no restriction on when you can apply (i.e. no window that closes after a year, for example)
Grants of Deferred Application are for 2 years and are renewable

Criminal Ineligibility: If you have been convicted of a felony, a serious misdemeanor or three minor misdemeanors not all stemming from same incident, then you are not eligible.

It is estimated that as a result of this policy extension, nearly 1 million DREAMers will be spared from deportation.

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