UPDATE on DACA & The Dream Act

From the Diocese of Cheyenne, Office of the Legislative Liaison, Deacon Mike Leman—

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who were illegally brought into the United States as children and who meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. This program is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. Guidelines for qualifying for DACA are: 1) Applicant was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. 2) Came to the United States before 16th birthday 3) Continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 4) Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 5) Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012 6) Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a GED, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and 7) Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Bishop Steven is asking us to contact our Senators and ask them to support DACA.