Catholic Charities Sets Meetings on Immigration Deferred Action Mandate
On Friday, June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, issued a memorandum announcing that, effective immediately, young individuals who were brought into the United States as children and who meet certain criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the United States or from entering into removal proceedings.
To assist in providing accurate information to parishioners and other interested individuals regarding the memorandum, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh will conduct meetings in each of the eight deaneries of the Diocese. The sessions will be presented by accredited immigration Catholic Charities staff or supervising attorneys, allowing people to ask questions and receive answers from the Catholic Church, a trusted source, which will be visible throughout the application process.
According to the Homeland Security memorandum, individuals who are eligible for deferred action must meet specific, verifiable requirements. Individuals must demonstrate:
- That they came to the United States under the age of 16
- They have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012, and were present in the United States on June 15, 2012
- They 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
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor or offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
- They are not above the age of 30.
See the list of eight Deanery locations and date for each (PDF).