Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan announced by the Obama administration in 2012, undocumented immigrants that meet specified conditions may request temporary protection from deportation. An individual whose case has been deferred is eligible to receive employment authorization for the period of deferred action, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment.”
According to the Center for American Progress (CAP), ending DACA will cost Illinois $2.24 billion in annual GDP. Click here to read the full report.
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To be eligible for DACA, you must demonstrate that you:
In 2014, President Obama announced an expansion of DACA to individuals above the age of 31 and introduced Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. However, due to a federal court order, these programs have been temporarily suspended. Individuals meeting the eligibility guidelines above are not affected by the court order and may still apply.