Resource Page: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Michael A. Olivas

The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered for an exercise of
prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

• came to the United States under the age of sixteen;

• has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States     on the date of this memorandum;

• is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

• has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and

• is not above the age of thirty.

Government materials:

DACA materials and applications, US CIS:

USCIS - Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process FAQ

USCIS powerpoint pamphlet (pdf)

I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:


Materials from NGOs, Community Organizations, Professional Groups:

Ben Winograd, Busting Myths About Deferred Action,, August 15, 2012,

Michele Waslin, Can Deferred Action Beneficiaries Get Driver’s Licenses?, August 14, 2012,


Muzaffar Chishti and Faye Hipsman, Key Factors, Unresolved Issues in New Deferred Action Program for Immigrant Youth Will Determine Its Success (DC: Migration Policy Institute, 2012),

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, DACA Criminal Bars Chart,

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Updated: Understanding the Criminal Bars to the Deferred Action Policy for Childhood Arrivals FAQ,


AILA DACA Practice Advisory (August 20, 2012),

AILA Resources on Deferred Action (Updated 8/14/12), (Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.),

Immigration Policy Center, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: A Q&A Guide (Updated),

Updated Practice Advisory on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.C., Legal Action Center, August 10, 2012),

Immigration Policy Center, Who and Where the DREAMers Are (July, 2012),