The program lets young people apply for a deferment so they will not be deported for two years. They can use the deferment to go to work or school.
They have to apply to the Department of Homeland Security. The chart shows the steps they have to take. Click for a Deferred Action flyer.
To prove they have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, the undocumented may need employers to vouch for them. The problem is that it is against the law to employ an undocumented worker. Any employer who says he has employed an undocumented worker may face charges from the government..
The federal government says going after employers is not the primary purpose of the program. Only those employers who often violate the law will face problems.
Some advocates say the Department of Homeland Security cannot be trusted. The number of deferment applications is less than what was expected. The primary reason is the danger of exposing your family and employers to the Department.