On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that he would expand the Deferred Action program by Executive Order.
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Skokie, IL (PRWEB) July 18, 2015
Immigration attorney Marshall H. Hong has instituted a blog to help educate those facing immigration issues. Most recently, Hong, who has been practicing law for almost 20 years, weighed in on Deferred Action programs, in particular the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed for certain individuals who were, as of June 15, 2012, present in the U.S. illegally to request that they be allowed to remain in the U.S. temporarily (for a period of two years) and to apply for employment authorization during that two-year period.
“On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that he would expand the Deferred Action program by Executive Order,” said Hong. “These expansions would have allowed for additional ‘childhood arrivals,’ as well as some parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States, presently in the U.S. illegally, to nevertheless remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation, and to apply for authorization to work legally in the U.S.”
However, according to the blog post, the legality of the Executive Orders was challenged in federal court, resulting in the court temporarily blocking the programs from going into effect. The programs currently remain on hold, pending final ruling by the court as to whether the president acted within his authority in issuing the Executive Orders.
“Instead of changing the laws to allow for these individuals to remain in the U.S., the president effectively instructed a Federal Executive Agency (the Department of Homeland Security) on how to prioritize their job of enforcing the immigration/deportation laws of the U.S.,” said Hong. “Namely, not to act to deport these otherwise deportable individuals. Opponents and critics of the program argued that the Executive Orders were actually an attempt by the president to bypass Congress to effectively change the immigration laws.”
In addition to the DACA blog, Hong, who has focused on immigration law since 2004, posts other informative blogs to help guide people through the immigration maze. Previous entries centered on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website where visitors can check the status of a pending case, schedule free InfoPass appointments, download CIS forms, etc., a slideshow about crimes and deportation and the anatomy of a deportation case, among others.
About the Law Office of Marshall H. Hong
Marshall H. Hong has assisted clients from all over the world to live and work in the United States. The Law Office of Marshall H. Hong specialize in DACA, nonimmigrant visas, family-sponsored immigration, citizenship and naturalization, and asylum and withholding of removal. For more information, please call (773) 908-2369, or visit the office at 8401 N. Crawford Ave., Suite 104, Skokie, IL 60076.
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