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AILA Doc. No. 19082737 | Dated September 12, 2019
Effective August 7, 2019, USCIS is no longer adjudicating requests for non-military "deferred action," a form of temporary relief from deportation for immigrants facing special and often life-threatening circumstances. Instead, ICE will assume exclusive responsibility for deferred action requests but the letters that recipients received make no mention of a process to request assistance from ICE. This policy shift—which occurred without public notice—places vulnerable individuals at risk of deportation and even death, violates principles of fundamental fairness, and will deter many families from pursuing vital immigration relief.
This webpage explains the policy change and its implications, shares ways that members of the public can take action to oppose the measure and identifies further helpful resources.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19082737.