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September-October 2012

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VOICE SPECIAL EDITION Need a Primer on DACA? N We've Got It! (At Least the Makings of One) August 15. As an immigration law practitioner, you've prob- ably experienced an uptick in inquiries about DACA from current and prospective clients. Through many phone calls and face-to-face chats, these young individuals' tenacity and aptitude for success are apparent. You want to help. But the eligibility criteria look deceptively simple in light of some of the complex immigration histories you've heard. Questions abound on the most effective and ethical way to prove eligi- bility the first time around, since there is no appeals process. Tune in to AILA' The Resources You Need to Stay Updated on DACA From the initial announcement, to the forms, to the practice management tips, AILA offers comprehensive resources that will help you responsibly navigate the complex terrain that is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Initiative. early one month has elapsed since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on recorded on August 27, to hear a distinguished panel analyze DACA in depth. Listen while AILA President Laura Lichter and AIC Legal Action Center Director Melissa Crow, along with AILA members Dan Berger and Susan Im, offer insight into delicate issues, such as clients' criminal records and em- ployment backgrounds, and how to complete certain fields on the new forms. To whet your appetites, here is one example of numerous questions asked during the seminar and some great tips on Purchase > s Late-Breaking Seminar on Deferred Action, Get even more guidance and answers to other questions when you purchase AILA's Late-Breaking Seminar on Deferred Action, available in both downloadable and CD formats. AGENCY MEMOS, CABLES, & LETTERS HHS Letter Announcing DACA Grantees Not Eligible for Medicaid (August 30, 2012) USCIS Brochure on How to Request Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (August 3, 2012) DHS FAQs on Deferred Action for Eligible DREAMers (June 15, 2012) DHS Memo on Deferred Action Process for Certain Young People (June 15, 2012) USCIS Response to the USCIS Ombudsman Recommendation on Deferred Action Processing (November 3, 2011) ADVOCACY/ MEDIA TOOLS Sample Media Alert— Deferred Action for Undocumented Youth (June 19, 2012) 18 VOICE USCIS Memo Addresses Deferred Action for U Nonimmigrant Applicants (May 6, 2004) Legacy INS Says Deferred Action Is Lawful Presence (June 20, 2002) VAWA Unit Authorized to Extend Deferred Action (August 17, 2001)

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