Obama Proposed Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama is gearing up to outline proposed executive action to overhaul the United States immigration policy.  There
is no doubt the president will issue executive orders…likely granting legal status to millions of immigrants that are here illegally.
The proposed package of reforms includes an increase in visas for technology workers and their families, new instructions on who should be detained for violating immigration laws, prioritize deportations for serious criminals, strengthen border security, and pay raises for immigration officers.

The biggest impact would be from a program that could allow some of the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally to come forward, pay a fee and submit to a background check in exchange for a potential work permit and a temporary reprieve from deportation.

That initiative would be similar to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Obama created in 2012. Under that program, officials have issued work permits to more than 680,000 people who were brought to the country illegally as children. Those approved are protected from deportation for two years, and can apply for extensions.

Nothing has been enacted as of yet and some administration advisors have expressed concern about he governments ability to implement a program that involves millions of applications. Obama, however, is showing no sign of backing down.
“Before the end of the year, we’re going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take that I believe will improve the functioning of our immigration system,” Obama said. “What I’m not going to do is just wait.”
Obama said if Republicans in Congress didn’t like him acting on his own, they could pass an immigration bill that replaced his executive actions.

About The Author

Chad Brandt

Chad M. Brandt, the People’s Immigration Lawyer, is the owner and founder of Brandt Immigration. Attorney Brandt has extensive litigation experience, allowing him to successfully represent clients in Immigration and Federal Courts. Mr. Brandt devotes a substantial portion of his immigration practice to deportation defense, both in Immigration Court and before deportation officers at Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s (ICE) Detention and Removal Offices throughout the U.S. Mr. Brandt also regularly represents individuals, families, and businesses in an expansive array of interviews and appearances before immigration officials.

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