calendar icon
SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Contact Us

President Obama’s Plan for Immigration Reform

President Obama’s Plan for Immigration Reform

President Obama claims he will move forward on immigration reform as early as this week. Immigration law scholars and practitioners are on the edge of our seats hoping for substantial changes that actually have teeth. But those who have most at stake are the millions of immigrants and their families who pray they can finally be recognized as important counterparts in this great nation they call, “home.”

A White House source has reported to Fox News that the President will soon unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action — including suspending deportations for millions. What does this mean exactly? Well, until the plans of action are announced, we do not know how the current system will change or who it will benefit. Speculation and common sense leads immigration experts to believe that the President will likely expand the Deferred Action program which is currently only available to individuals who came to the U.S. before age 16.

President Obama has Executive authority to enact the following administrative actions (amongst others):

Deferred Action is an administrative program that was implemented outside of Congressional legislation in 2012. If expanded to cover the parents of children who were born as U.S. citizens or who are now Lawful Permanent Residents, it could protect somewhere close to 4 million adult immigrants from deportation and separation from their U.S. citizen or resident families. It would also provide work authorization and drivers licenses to many who have already been working and paying taxes in our country for decades, but just want to get to-and-from work without fear of arrest. This protection would likely require proof of “good moral character” and presence in the U.S. for at least 10 years.
Parole-in-Place is another method of achieving the same goal of keeping families together. This administrative expansion was implemented in 2013 for families of active U.S. Military members, reducing many difficult hurdles for family members to adjust to lawful status without requiring the risky return to their home country, not knowing if reentry will ever be possible. This program could be widened to include immigrants with U.S. citizen spouses or children.
Broaden Visa Cap to Allow for Dependents. Each year, there is a limit on the number of visas that are issued in most categories. The cap limitation is a number that is set by law, and the President cannot change that number by Executive Order. However, the President can decide to not include spouses and children in the total number of visas allotted for that category. For instance, the EB1 Visa is available for those immigrants who can demonstrate “extraordinary ability” in certain occupational categories. The number of available visas changes each year, but to demonstrate let’s say there are 20,000 EB1 Visas available for 2015. It makes sense that Congress intended this to mean that there are visas available for 20,000 people with “extraordinary ability” who will benefit our country’s workforce. Instead, this visa limit has been interpreted to also include the family members of the person with”extraordinary ability,” which results in reaching the cap much faster since the family is counted in the available 20,000, and significantly fewer qualified workers are able to enter. This creates a ridiculously long backlog which prevents lawful entry into the country for years and even decades.
Increase Prosecutorial Discretion in Deportation Proceedings in order to limit the use of resources for removal of those individuals with only serious felonies or serious immigration law violations. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 2013 Annual Report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed approximately 438,000 immigrants from the U.S. Of those removed, only about 20% had convictions for serious felonies. There are so many people in removal proceedings and so few resources to adequately handle the caseload. Currently, DHS is short 30 Immigration Judges across the country. If the policy for Prosecutorial Discretion is broadened, ICE lawyers will have more authority to terminate removal proceedings for those immigrants who are not a high priority – like those without serious felony convictions and with U.S. citizen children. 2 million U.S. citizen children have had a parent deported.
We have waited very patiently for Immigration Policy to finally reflect the economic and familial needs of people coming to America. It is estimated that there are 12 million undocumented people here in the U.S. – 60% of whom are in our work force. It may be possible to reach half (6 million people) through administrative changes by the President; however, the other half will require more significant and lasting immigration law reform by Congress.

You deserve to be represented by the first 100% CrImmigration Law Firm in the country

As the first and only law firm that remains 100% committed to the defense of non-U.S. citizens through criminal and immigration law exclusively, we know you best. We know what success looks like for you… You will work with a team committed to the education of their community, their colleagues and themselves.

logo-icon
logo-icon
logo-icon
logo-icon
logo-icon
Take a stand for your future,RIGHT NOW.

If you’re ready to relentlessly FIGHT for your freedom, and WON’T take “no” for an answer, connect with STERN Law today!

Follow us on FB for Current Immigration Policy/Law Updates

Call Us

    We respect your privacy

    STERN Law STERN Law
    So far so good. Stern law has been very attentive to my immigration legal needs
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Staff were attentive to my needs and very organized in their strategy in regards to my case. Recomm...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Hello, in my experience in stern law it was very beautiful and exciting in the way that every day th...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Hi I just wanted to say that I truly appreciated all the work that SternLaw did for me. They made th...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Jessica Stern and her team are incredible! They made me feel safe and that I made the right choice w...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Excellent
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Jessica at Stern Law is a great attorney. She is very understanding and I am very grateful toward ...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Google
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Excellent Service!!!
    STERN Law STERN Law
    An attorney with a passion for helping. Her approach in unique, she’s by far a great person and extr...
    Google
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Great job by all involved in my case
    STERN Law STERN Law
    excelente servicio muy recomendable
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Ms . Stern and the complete team was super caring...I was so glad to find this Law firm as I was fac...
    Google
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Best Imigration Law team ever Very recommended 👌
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Good at the job, I would highly recommend for best results
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Great great service
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Wonderful service!
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Great ‘ Thankyou
    STERN Law STERN Law
    The best service ever very please and happy
    Facebook
    STERN Law STERN Law
    My wife found Stern Law on Google. We hired Stern Law to keep our family together. Christina went to...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Great staff and I’m happy and will send anyone at this law firm for any issues. They also take great...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Google
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Google
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Stern Law has been my partner and gave me a place to make my dreams come true. From the moment I ste...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Professional team, reasonably priced.
    STERN Law STERN Law
    The are really fast at getting your case started. My documents were about to expair in less then a m...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Simply put, they are awesome. They check in with you after the initial consultation and make sure yo...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    One of the best law firm one can have on their side , excellent service, extremely helpful and skill...
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Google
    STERN Law STERN Law
    I have nothing but positive things to say. My Immigration case was very complicated. My only advise ...
    Google
    STERN Law STERN Law
    Call Now