Immigration attorney Helen Jugovic, while talking about the polices that are currently helping the undocumented youth in America, to get jobs and pursue education, said that the undocumented children in America must come out of their shadows. Jugovic, who is one of the certified immigration attorneys in NC, also spoke about the deferred action program, that allows the innocent undocumented immigrants who got into the United States as children, to remain lawfully in America for a two year period.
Undocumented immigrants who seek to file applications for deferred action must be in school or must hold GED certificates. They need to satisfy few other prerequisites and must not be above age 31 and below 16. However, people who have serious criminal records may not be granted deferred action and such undocumented immigrants will be removed from America. Deferred action which is renewable, will not allow the recipients to obtain US citizenship and is only a temporary relief.
Jugovic said that deferred action is not a permanent relief for the DREAMers. However, more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants have already filed their requests and are eagerly waiting for the decision of the USCIS. Most of the DREAMers have been living in the United States right from their childhood and they cannot get back to their home countries. Many do not know their mother tongue and they only speak English. If they are removed from America, they are likely to become stateless.
Hence, she said that something must be done in order to help them. She said that the DREAM Act can help them and that the Congress must pass the DREAM Act. DREAM Act will grant conditional status to the undocumented immigrants who entered America as minors. Similarly, they need to meet few other requirements to become eligible for lawful status under the DREAM Act. There are more than 2.1 million undocumented immigrants in the country who are likely to become eligible for lawful status, if the DREAM Act is passed. However, the DREAM Act failed to pass, in the year 2010.
Attorney Jugovic also talked about the “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status” program and this program was designed to help the battered and abandoned children, born outside the United States. Such children may become eligible for US Green Cards through this program and remain in the United States on a permanent basis.
Nevertheless, children who become eligible for US Green Cards through this program, cannot sponsor their parents for lawful status and they can sponsor their siblings, only if they obtain US citizenship. She said that the Congress must focus on immigration and said that the US immigration laws must be reformed, in order to help the undocumented immigrants in America.