Anticipated Executive Immigration Action by President Obama in 2014
On June 20, 2014, President Obama promised to eventually fix our broken immigration system without the help of Congress. His plan? Defer deportation through executive action. We’re hopeful that, despite going back on his word to provide executive immigration action by the end of summer 2014, President Obama will improve our immigration system by providing relief to the 11 million undocumented migrants here in the US by November 2014, after Senate elections.
More recently, former Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Janet Napolitano voiced support for executive immigration action. During Napolitano’s service as Secretary of the DHS, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) policy, which gave relief to over 1/2 million so-called “DREAMers”. We’re hopeful that he will do so again by deferring deportations and providing employment authorization to approximately undocumented migrants.
What can we expect the new executive immigration action to require?
Napolitano stated that DACA is a great guide as to how President Obama’s anticipated executive immigration action could be set up. If DACA provides us any guidance, this new policy could also require physical residence and a that the individual not have committed felonies, serious misdemeanors, etc., though we have yet to see what may come of his executive action, if any. Everything is speculative at this point.
Will executive immigration action be amnesty?
No. Amnesty, within the immigration context, is commonly defined as “forgiveness” of one’s status by providing legal status to undocumented migrants. Executive immigration action could be similar to DACA, providing successful applicants the opportunity to live and work in the US without fear of deportation. It likely will not, on its own, be a path to citizenship. Instead, it will likely have a requirement to renew one’s request for relief.
If you’re here without any documentation and would like to discuss the highly anticipated executive immigration action with our immigration lawyers, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our Sacramento immigration lawyers at Carson & Kyung have been assisting countless individuals and families successfully in obtaining immigration benefits. Although this executive action has not yet been announced, you might be able to obtain a different form of relief, such as a U-Visa for Victims of Crime. Contact us when you’re ready as our Sacramento immigration lawyers would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.
*The information provided in this post does not constitute legal advice or opinion. The information is for guidance purposes only. Individual situations vary and you should contact us for a consultation. Carson & Kyung, Sacramento’s Immigration Attorneys on Executive Immigration Action. Image courtesy of watiporn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net