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2014 Immigration Reform - Deferred Action Update


One of the biggest flaws that developed in America's immigration system was concept of deportation. While deportation fundamentally exists to remove dangerous criminals and terrorists from the country, it evolved into something much different. Families were being torn apart and hard-working individuals found themselves out of a job and the United States for no valid reason.

President Obama recognized this shortcoming and addressed it in his recent speech on November 20th, 2014. Rather than being wielded as a threatening sword to anyone in its path, the President is bringing deportation back to what it was originally intended for.

How is he doing so? By the use of deferred action.

How has deferred action changed?

Although deferred action has been around for several years, even being exercised by the Reagan and Bush Administrations, it was due for an update. The President proposed several changes which will offer protection to nearly five million immigrants, provided that they qualify.

One of the biggest qualification requirements for deferred action is that individuals must have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 1, 2010. They also must be the parent of a child who is currently a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Mr. Obama is compelling all who apply to pass a background check and consent to paying taxes.

Deferred action is also being expanded in relation to the DACA program. President Obama removed the age cap from the program and extended the work authorization period from two years to three. This is extremely beneficial for lawful immigrants who hold jobs and are interested in continuing to live in the United States.

Many immigrants have made valuable contributions to society and have no criminal history, yet in years prior, were wrongly exposed to deportation. The President's immigration reform encourages U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to take each individual on a case-by-case basis. This will ideally lift the threat of deportation from those who should have been exempt in the first place.

Inviting immigrants to come out of the shadows is like removing a prison sentence that has long been enforced by many in America. Those who are willing to play by the rules can truly take strides toward the future they long for, alongside those they care most about.

President Obama also imposed requirements on U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Those who are in custody or undergoing pending removal should be examined to see if they meet the necessary criteria. Should they qualify, individuals will be encouraged to apply for deferred action, also on a case-by-case basis.

This is an exciting time for immigrants and citizens alike throughout the United States of America. As a positive public awareness of lawful immigrants is encouraged, our nation will take strides to becoming what it once was.

If you believe you may qualify for deferred action, get in touch with a Dallas immigration attorney from our firm right away. We can evaluate your case and take the necessary steps to achieve your goals.