In late November, President Barack Obama announced the enacting of a sweeping initiative on the subject of immigration. This had been in the works since mid-summer, when immigration reform came to the forefront of the nation’s political discussions after a large influx of unaccompanied minor children from Central America were admitted at the country’s southern border. Congress was unable to pass a bill in the months following, and given the current mood of the electorate, President Obama has seen fit to announce his plan, to be enacted via executive order.
Three Main Goals
In his primetime speech to the country delivered on November 20, the president stated that his plan has three major goals that he hopes to accomplish. The first is improving border security. The situation at our borders, especially in the south, is difficult for both Border Patrol agents and those attempting to enter. Drug-related violence in particular is endemic, with the U.S. side experiencing what the Washington Office on Latin America calls “some of the world’s highest levels of violent crime.”
The second and third goals go together: promoting opportunities for immigrants with skills and education, and managing the status of those currently in the country without proper documentation. The president argued in his speech that it is possible to do both; to extend a pathway of deportation relief to those who are not threats to national security, and to hold accountable those who have entered the country illegally. People who entered the U.S. without inspection will have to ‘get right with the law,’ but if they do so, they will not be deported if they have no criminal record.
Changes to Existing Programs
In order to help realize these goals, several changes will be made to existing systems and program and include the following:
Contact an Immigration Attorney
While these goals are lofty, the current system is still difficult to navigate, and very often, an attorney can smooth the process. The Chicago immigration attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC are able to assist in most situations, and we will do our best to get you the help you need. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.
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