Despite the Democrats’ loss of the Senate, the President has announced he will press on with his plan to issue an executive order regarding immigration. He had previously delayed taking action during the influx of immigrants from Latin America this summer – as we waited for time to pass and people continued to live in the United States without permission to work.
The plan has been rumored to consist of a “deferred action for adults” type of law which would allow many immigrants who reside in the United States without permission currently to gain some tangible form of legal status. As with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), there would be specific standards each applicant must meet, such as proving residence in the U.S.for a certain minimum amount of time and no criminal history.
The President had previously stated he will sign an Executive Order because the House of Representatives has failed to take any action whatsoever on moving forward with immigration reform. The House has refused to work on the bill passed by the Senate in 2013 and has stalled on any of the piecemeal measures advocated by the more moderate Republicans. In the absence of any meaningful action in the House, the President must, and should, act with Executive Action.
We must now wait longer to find out the exact details of the President’s plan. For those immigrants who work hard every single day and wish to remain in the U.S. with their families without having to worry about being deported, every extra day without legal recognition is too long a wait.
Winograd and Schwartz Attorneys at Law, PC