There is nothing official about helping “illegal” immigrants; but there is real hope.
President Obama is expected to announce—perhaps as early as this week—a temporary relief program for almost 4 million people from the fear of deportation and qualify for work permits. As president he does not have the authority to change the U.S. Immigration laws; but he can order changes in how the law is applied—at least for the next two years.
But it takes the U.S. Congress to change the Immigration laws with the agreement of the President. At this time, Congress does not seem willing to pass a new law to help the some 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. Most Republican members of Congress are also objecting to the President’s plan by threatening not to make money available to pay for the cost of implementing it.
The order that is expected from the President would halt deportation fears for about 3.3 million immigrants who are either married to a U.S. citizen or are the parent of a U.S. citizen child and have been in the U.S. for at least 5 years.
The White House is also considering expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which helped about 600,000 young immigrants who came to the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday. The expansion could help another 700,000 young people. There is also discussion to allow parents of DACA children to qualify for deportation relief.
It is important to know that this hope is not yet in effect nor will it be a permanent solution for those currently illegal in the U.S. Some unscrupulous people—some call themselves “notarios”—are claiming they can already register illegals for the new policy the President has indicated he may order soon.
For the latest actual status of any new Immigration policy, we suggest you check with the Jaensch Immigration Law Firm website: www.visaamerica.com or call us at (941) 366-9841.