By: *Kayla Butz
Blog Category: Immigration
The Secretary of Homeland Security recently announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will defer removal action for non-citizen children of illegal immigrants for two years if the applicant meets certain requirements. Some of these requirements include: (1) being under the age of thirty one as of June 15, 2012; (2) having entered the United States before turning sixteen years old; and (3) current enrollment in school, a high school diploma or GED, or honorable discharge from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
The benefits of this program include allowing young adults to remain in the U.S. for the opportunities to work or get an advanced education. Although the applicants for deferred action originate from another countries, they moved to the U.S. at a young age and view this as their “adoptive country.” The concern with the onset of this program was summarized by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, who stated that “[w]hile potentially millions of illegal immigrants will be permitted to compete with American workers for scarce jobs, there seems to be little if any mechanism in place for vetting fraudulent applications and documentation submitted by illegal immigrants.” Lastly, some believe this executive order was signed by President Obama as a maneuver to gain the vote in the November election of the fastest-growing immigrant population in the country: Latinos.
*Kayla Butz is currently a staff member on the Widener Journal of Law, Economics and Race on the Harrisburg campus. To learn more about Kayla Butz, click the following link to view her page: Kayla Butz
 For more requirements, see Consideration for Childhood Arrivals Process, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=f2ef2f19470f7310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=f2ef2f19470f7310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD (last visited October 14, 2012).
 Andres Gonzalez & Alicia A. Caldwell, Obama Immigration Program, Begins Taking Applications, Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals_n_1778834.html (last visited October 14, 2012).
 CNN Wire Staff, Program Granting Work Rights for Childhood Immigrants Begins Wednesday, http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/14/program-granting-work-rights-for-childhood-immigrants-begins-wednesday-2/ (last visited October 14, 2012).