WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released the following statement in support of the Obama Administration’s policy to defer deportation for certain undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers who were brought to the United States as children:

 “This fix will help hundreds of thousands of young people who are in an immigration Catch-22. Brought to the U.S. as young children by their parents who came from their home countries without legal documentation, the people helped by this new policy call America their home. They have grown up here, yet they are not citizens like their college roommates, basketball teammates or next door neighbors and they could be deported at any time to a country whose language they may not even know.

“The Administration’s decision means that eligible young people will be allowed to apply for basic relief from removal from the country and also for work permits. This is a good start. In Congress, we must still act to pass the DREAM Act that will provide these deserving individuals with the status to live and thrive in the country legally.”

Individuals seeking more information on the new policy should visit USCIS’s website (at www.uscis.gov), ICE’s website (at www.ice.gov), or DHS’s website (at www.dhs.gov). Beginning Monday, individuals can also call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours with questions or to request more information on the forthcoming process.