Immigration Reform - Yes! Last night (November 20, 2014) President Obama went BIG and BOLD on immigration reform through executive or administrative action. This is extremely good news, extremely good for the immigrant community, AND extremely good for the country. The Republicans (who have refused to pass any immigration legislation) told Mr. Obama that, if he did this he would "poison the well" and make any immigration legislation virtually impossible. I take that to mean: "we were never going to pass immigration legislation. But, NOW we are REALLY not going to pass any immigration related laws."
In any event, the President has courageously stepped up and "done the right thing". It is good for U.S. citizen and permanent resident family. It is good for U.S. employers. It is good for the economy. In short, it is good for the country.
His executive action has expanded the 2012 DACA program by moving the entry date forward to January 1, 2010 and removing the upper age limit. Thus, applicants must have been physically present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, under the age of 16 when they entered the U.S., have not been convicted for certain offenses, and meet certain education requirements.
This will have the impact of including and additional 300,000 in the program.
Also, the President has created a Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) program that will ensure that one of the pillars of our immigration system, family unity, will be preserved. Under this program, the parents of U.S. citizen children and Lawful Permanent Resident children (of any age) to apply for deferred action benefits and employment authorization provided that they entered the U.S. prior to January 1, 2010. This group is expected to cover approximately 3.7 million people.
We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. You can help make this happen by visit us at http://www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.