Are you or someone you know living in the U.S. but fear being deported? If you meet the requirements under President Obama’s new executive action on immigration, your fears will soon be history.
It is estimated that over 4 million people, including parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply for this new program. The details about how this order will be carried out are still forthcoming, but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made it known that application decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
There will also be further clarification about other provisions that will affect people who seek to stay in the U.S. under business and student visas. In the meantime, new U.S. border security measures will be set in motion.
Debates in and outside of Washington have questioned whether the President has the authority to issue this sort of executive action. In October of 2014, the American Immigration Council, an immigrant advocacy organization, traced other executive actions on immigration that were taken by past U.S. Presidents during their time in office. The Council said that “since at least 1956, every U.S. president has granted temporary immigration relief to one or more groups in need of assistance.” The full report can be accessed here.
For additional information on the executive action and how it may affect you, call us at (954) 714-8123 to schedule a meeting at either our Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood or West Palm Beach office.
Sherna Spencer is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.