Attorney Susan Cho Figenshau Discusses Recent Delays to Immigration Reform

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Saint Louis immigration attorney explains the effect immigration reform has on her clients.

St. Louis Immigration Attorney

Susan Cho Figenshau

The first phase of the executive order, an expansion of a 2012 program delaying deportation for immigrants brought to the United States as children (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), was set to begin on February 18, 2015.

Attorney Susan Cho Figenshau has spent a lot of time counseling her clients on the impact of President Obama's executive action regarding immigration policy since last November when the White House announced the executive orders. According to the New York Times (02/17/2015), a federal judge in Texas has ruled that the president's actions were unconstitutional. Now that the proposed programs have been delayed by the court order, clients and attorneys alike are seeing mass confusion.

Because the executive order was a widely-reaching action, some of Susan Cho Figenshau's clients are confused about what does and does not apply to them. Many of her clients are businesses and documented immigrants who are wondering how the action will impact their applications for green cards and work permits.

"Whereas all of us get frustrated when there's a lack of action, immigration law services clients are expressing concentrated, deeper frustration, " explained Susan Cho Figenshau. She added that the executive order and the backlash it has received are causing a gridlock in the entire immigration process for immigration lawyers, their clients, and employers of immigrants throughout the country.

The law firm is attempting to reduce the stress of navigating the immigration process for clients, and the uncertainty and frequent changes in expectations and timelines due to the President's executive order and resulting adverse reactions in congress and by this week’s court order.

The first phase of the executive order, an expansion of a 2012 program delaying deportation for immigrants brought to the United States as children (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), was set to begin on February 18, 2015. Thousands of undocumented immigrants had already prepared to submit applications with filing fees prior to the February 17, 2015 court order. Although the expansion has been delayed indefinitely, would-be filers are looking to immigration lawyers for up-to-date information and to seize the opportunity if the expansion does roll out.

"This is a situation we have to watch day-by-day. As an immigration lawyer, my job is to look behind the headlines. Whereas headlines highlight undocumented immigrants, other components of the President's executive order and other components of proposed immigration legislation that has deep and broad impact on national security, employers, and legal immigrants," Susan Cho Figenshau stated.

About Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C.

Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C. is an immigration lawyer with 20 years of experience in immigration law. She represents employers in numerous fields, including technology, telecommunications, healthcare, educational and more. To learn more, visit http://www.strictlyimmigration.com

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