Latest Immigration News: On November 20, 2014, President Obama took executive action to reform immigration enforcement and provide relief to an estimated 5 million immigrants currently in the U.S. without authorization. Among the measures he announced, the center point is an administrative program that will allow certain people to apply for protection from deportation and for authorization to work in the U.S.
What does this mean? The President announced plans to offer temporary protection from deportation, known in the immigration context as Deferred Action, and work authorization for eligible applicants, who are expected to include close relatives of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents who have been in the U.S. for several years and have no significant criminal history. The President’s plan will also include an expansion of the DACA program. His plan offers benefits similar to his June 2012 executive action offering temporary protection to children brought to the United States at a very young age.
What is the likely impact? While the President’s actions do not solve the continued need for comprehensive immigration reform, they provide relief for many families across the country. It is estimated that 5.3 million individuals will benefit from his action, the majority of whom are parents of U.S. citizens. Based on the numbers of people potentially eligible in Greater Dallas, we anticipate several thousand people at Catholic Charities Dallas looking for assistance in filing for this relief.
What role will Catholic Charities Dallas play? Catholic Charities Dallas will be here to provide information and assistance for eligible applicants. We will offer informational sessions, consultations and direct representation for thousands of individuals. We are ready to confront the challenges that this poses and are excited for the relief and opportunity that this brings for so many families.
Stepping Back – Key Immigration Milestones & Implications for Dallas (and Texas) Today
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