Obama’s soft corner for illegal immigrants was amply evident when he promulgated a Presidential order enabling Immigrant work permit for the youth segment in the illegal migrant population.

This Obama Immigrant work permit opened up opportunities for about 1.2 million young undocumented immigrants. This was an olive branch with temporary work and a halt on deportation in a platter. The work permit policy was announced in June 2012 to encourage younger illegal immigrants without any criminal record.

Right Thing to Do

President Obama described his new policy as simply the right thing to do despite facing charges of having overstepped his authority that too after his DREAM Act was scuttled by the Congress.

Obama noted that they pledge allegiance to our flag and Americans in their hearts, minds, in every single way except on paper. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said this was part of a general shift by the Obama administration to focus on deporting high-priority undocumented immigrants. She presented this as an exercise of discretion so that young people are not targeted excessively in the removing system. This also augments the immigration enforcement to manage resources well rather than wasting resources on the removal of low-priority cases involving productive young people.

Many call the immigrants work Permit as a humane policy with a positive response from the incumbents. The employment opportunities for illegal immigrants under the age of 31 will help them to approach the Department of Homeland Security to halt deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Formalities of Application

To avail this opportunity the probable candidates can apply with the following documents.

  • Fee of $465
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • School Transcripts
  • Medical Records
  • Financial records
  • Military Records


To be eligible for the special work permit, the incumbents prove that….

  • Current age is under 30
  • Came to the U.S. before the age of 16
  • Lived in the U.S. for a minimum five years
  • Not convicted of any crimes or pose a security threat


The permit program allows qualified undocumented immigrants to stay back in the country and work legally at least for two years. Prior to the larger immigration debate, the government showed its will to be humane by offering as many as 1.76 million immigrants a way to avoid deportation at least temporarily.

Obama’s permit program thus puts off deportation for many people who came to the US as children. For them in benefiting from this opportunity they have to prove credentials that they arrived before the age of 16 and are younger than 31 at the time of moving the application and are high school or served in the military. They must not be having serious criminal records that threaten to public safety.

Good Response

So far the applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are more than 3,000 per day. Highest number of applications is coming from California and Texas. It may be noted that nearly 75 percent of the applicants originally belong to Mexico.

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