Executive Immigration Action When it's Needed Most

Ever since it was founded, America has thrived on the influx of immigrants. Many bring talents and resources that have made this country what it is today and continue to bolster the fruitfulness of societies throughout the nation.

Unfortunately, some of this immigrant pride has fallen by the wayside over the years and made a mess of the country's immigration system. President Obama recognized this and took it upon himself to make a lasting change. On November 20 th, 2014, Republicans, Democrats, and immigrants alike watched as the President announced his plans to reform the fragmented immigration system.

What changes can we expect to see?

Most notably, Mr. Obama offers the possibility of a secure future to nearly five million immigrants currently living in the United States. Through the creation of a new deferred action program for those who are parents of U.S. citizens or have lived in the country for at least five years, immigrants can escape the threat of deportation and remain with their family.

'Playing by the rules' is the foundation necessary for these changes to be successful. If eligible immigrants pass a background check and agree to pay taxes, the President urges such individuals to come out of the shadows.

Immigration priorities have shifted over the years, becoming skewed and failing to fulfill their original purposes. Deportation is one example of this and will be adjusted accordingly under Mr. Obama's changes. He announced that deportation is for felons, not families. Those suspected of violent crimes and terrorism will be put at the top of the list for deportation.

Minimizing illegal immigration at the border is another item on the President's agenda. With increased resources and tightened security, those attempting to cross the border illegally will be immediately caught and sent back.

Other benefits of the President's plan include:

  • Increasing the span of eligibility through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
  • Boosting citizenship education
  • Supplying new jobs and opportunities for immigrants
  • Expanding the use of provisional waivers for eligible individuals

Immigration reform has been brewing since last year and advocates are thrilled to see plans finally set in motion. Accountability, not amnesty, is the theme of the President's declaration. Regardless of the response of the Republican Party, it looks like these changes are here to stay.

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about these changes and how they may affect you, don't hesitate to contact a New York immigration attorney from our firm. Musa-Obregon & Associates is passionate about helping individuals of all ages achieve their American dream.

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