NEW US IMMIGRATION POLICY TO AFFECT MANY IMMIGRANTS AND OVER 100,000 JAMAICANS 

June 15, 2012

The Obama administration has indicated that it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

President Obama has made clear that “This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix,” “This is a temporary stopgap measure.”

Under the new policy, the US Government has agreed to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants, if the individual is:

  1. Younger than 30 and came to the United States before the age of 16.
  2. Poses no criminal or security threat.
  3. Has no criminal record.
  4. Is able to demonstrate that they have been in the US for the last five years, and
  5. Has been a successful US student or has served in the US military.

US officials have said that those individuals satisfying these requirements can get a two-year deferral from deportation and will be allowed to apply for work permits that will be valid for two years with no limits on the number of times it can be renewed.

This policy change is expected to potentially affect 800,000 people, among them being as many as 100,000 Jamaicans.

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