Who’s eligible for Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration?

 Who’s eligible for Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration? | Laraine SchwartzThursday night, President Obama courageously took action after the Congress refused to do so, in an effort to effect meaningful immigration reform.

The next day, November 21st, I was interviewed about this by The Jersey Journal; click here to read that article.

The president was forced to act by Executive Order. We hope this will push the House of Representatives to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will affect more people and will not be subject to reversal by another President’s Executive Order. The Executive Order is granting deferred action, a long-standing administrative mechanism used for decades to enable certain individuals to obtain certain privileges and rights without the possibility of deportation. The deferred action means the person’s removal will be deferred.

The order is limited to an estimated 5 million of the approximate 12 million undocumented or out of status immigrants in this country.

 What determines eligibility?

  • Anybody with a United States Citizen child or child with a green card

  • They have been here since Jan 1, 2010

  • They are physically in the United States on Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Submitting to fingerprinting and criminal background check

  • Paying the filing fee

What are the benefits?

  • Work authorization for a period of 3 years

  • Social Security number

  • Eligibility for a driver’s license

Can a Notario handle this for me?

NO! Notarios are NOT lawyers in the United States. In New Jersey, it is a felony to practice law without a license and the Notarios are doing just that. They are putting people at risk for deportation instead of deferred action. We urge people to seek immigration lawyers so that they will not jeopardize their new-found rights.

What about people who have no children?

People without children will not be eligible, but we are hopeful for the future.

Participants in the program will have an opportunity to amend whatever they have done by paying taxes and taking responsibility. I predict that they will encourage jobs and industries to hire people.

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