This is a huge deal for undocumented immigrants for whom Congress has done nothing in the past decade
Atlanta, Georgia. (PRWEB) November 21, 2014
Last night, in a historic speech, President Obama announced that he will use his executive powers to help millions of undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows and obtain temporary permission to live in this country without fear of deportation. The President is releasing a sweeping package of policy reforms to alter the way the immigration laws are enforced in this country. We know some of the specifics, but all of these changes will be worked out more fully in the next few weeks.
ICE officials announced to the American Immigration Lawyers Association last month that its legal counsel will now agree to reopen old deportation cases where the foreign national is in a lawful, bona fide same-sex marriage that makes him or her eligible for immigration relief.
“This is a huge deal for undocumented immigrants for whom Congress has done nothing in the past decade,” says Atlanta immigration lawyer Karen Weinstock, an immigration attorney in Georgia with the firm of Weinstock Immigration Lawyers.
However, as Attorney Weinstock explains: “None of these changes have gone into affect yet, and there are currently no new applications that you can file to obtain immigration benefits. Therefore, you should consult with a competent and reputable attorney who specializes in immigration law”, says immigration attorney in Atlanta Karen Weinstock.
“The new policy is permissible under the President’s executive authority. Many of these programs are already in place such as deferred action, however there are sweeping changes in increased number of qualified people to receive these benefits,” said the immigration attorney in Atlanta.
“DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is currently in place, will be extended to include all people who arrived here as young children without age limitation. Currently the program is limited to people who are under age 30. Other eligibility requirements include good moral character, graduation from high school or enrollment in a GED program”, added the Atlanta immigration attorney.
“The new plan also will give Deferred Action to parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, which like DACA will give work authorization, driver’s license and defense from removal for immigrants who are here illegally. Some other eligibility requirements include length of time in the U.S., good moral character, payment of taxes, etc.,” said the immigration attorney in GA.
“In addition, enforcement priorities will shift to deport only terrorists, criminals and those who pose a danger to our communities instead of the massive deportations of undocumented workers. It is a great bold effort by the President to do something to help so many people while Congress can consider a permanent solution. I applaud the President for this action”, concluded the immigration lawyer in Georgia.
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