President Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Sobel and Erwin

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced certain executive actions he is implementing on immigration.  The immigration attorneys at Sobel & Erwin, PLLC have been following the President’s immigration plan closely and we are very excited about this announcement.

Some of these changes will go into effect very quickly while others will take more time.  Based on the President’s announcement and news released from the White House, here is a summary of several important components of the immigration changes:

Deferred Action for Parents

President Obama announced a new program called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability or “DAPA” that will help preserve family unity in the U.S.  Under this new program, the parents of U.S. citizen children and Lawful Permanent Resident children who entered the U.S. before January 1, 2010, and who pass background checks will be able to apply for deferred action and employment authorization for a period of three years.

DACA Expanded

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be expanded by lifting the current age cap and by only requiring continuous residence since January 1, 2010 (rather than June 15, 2007, as originally required).  The deferred action and employment authorization granted by DACA will be increased from two years to three years.

Revised Deportation Priorities

Beginning immediately the government will focus its deportation policy using the following priorities:

First priority – Suspected terrorists, convicted felons (including aggravated felonies), convicted gang members, and people apprehended on the border;

Second priority – People convicted of serious or multiple misdemeanors, and very recent entrants to the U.S.;

Third priority – Those who, after 1/1/14, failed to leave under a removal order or returned after being removed.

The immigration attorneys at Sobel & Erwin, PLLC applaud the President for taking this step toward keeping families together and improving our immigration system.  If you would like to have an immigration attorney review your case and discuss these important changes, please call 918-712-9888 to schedule a consultation.