Immigration Action Moving Forward – Applying Could Begin in Mid-February


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Shortly after House Speaker John Boehner promised on Thursday to challenge President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action, White House officials detailed how they plan to move forward on it.

Immigrants should be able to start applying for deportation relief and work permits in the middle of May and February, Leon Rodriguez, Citizenship and Immigration Services director told Spanish-speaking reporters in a conference call.

First up will be those applying for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Then, parents of U.S. citizens and legal resident children should be able to begin applying in May.

Despite discussions about blocking the president’s action, “we are very confident that this is completely legal and it is going to be carried out,” Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s chief domestic policy adviser, told reporters in a telephone news conference for Latino media.

Earlier in a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, included challenging Obama’s immigration executive action among priorities for the next Congress. The GOP will be in control of both chambers next year.

“We’ll take this fight to the president …,” Boehner said.

Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll shows Americans disapprove, 51 percent to 41 percent, with Obama’s use of executive action on immigration. But Latinos and blacks overwhelmingly approve, 64 percent to 28 percent for Latinos and 68 percent to 24 percent for blacks, according to Gallup.

Other key points the White House officials made about executive action:
  • Nothing is in place now. To avoid being swindled, potential applicants should be wary of anyone offering to help them apply. Application rules will be published on the CIS website.
  • People outside the country do not qualify and all immigrants who recently arrived illegally will be considered priorities for deportation. Those eligible must have lived in the country continuously since Jan. 1, 2010 and meet other criteria.
  • A provision in immigration law that allows spouses, parents and minor children of U.S. citizen residents to apply for legal residency without leaving the country for long periods will be expanded to include….

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