Significant changes to American immigration policy could be made before the end of the year. According to a new report from Fox News based on an unnamed White House source, President Obama will unveil his “10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action,” possibly by next week. Along with measures like increasing pay for immigration officers and ramping up border security, the plan would also prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants in the country illegally, through "deferred action."
The President’s plan would broaden the eligibility requirements of a current policy that grants deferred action to immigrants who came into the country illegally as children (expanding it to reach about 300,000 new individuals), and, most significantly, would also give the same protection to immigrant parents who have children born in the U.S. That number is more than 4.5 million people.
Other aspects of the plan would promote the legal naturalization process and work visa programs. Despite the White House source’s claim that the President would proceed with the plan through his executive authority if necessary, he could face some opposition in Congress, where lawmakers control the money needed to move forward with it ... Discuss
After an emotional film and panel discussion, the captivated congregation sat in anticipation, waiting to hear how they could get involved and make a difference. I talked about the importance of education and political advocacy, explaining in detail the process of calling our members of Congress to push for legislative changes. Read More
Addressing the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development through a letter this week, Pope Francis weighed in on the situation unfolding on the American border, where thousands of unaccompanied, undocumented children have been detained. Many of the children are from Central American countries and have made the journey to the United States alone. Pope Francis urged the international community to have compassion for the children “who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence,” remembering that they made the journey “in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain.”
This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin.
Under the direction of the Obama administration, the U.S. may soon dramatically curb the number of immigrants regularly deported from the United States. According to the AP, if the new policy is adopted by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, moves to deport “immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records” would be very limited. As this story notes, the revised policy could protect thousands of immigrants being deported “solely because they committed repeat immigration violations” ... Discuss