Just some time ago, in this very space, we had talked about the soon – to – come executive order by the US President. Well, finally it is out – today, 20th November, 2014, (USA time) to be precise, the President finally put forth his 3 – point pronged agenda to the people of his country.
As we had hoped he would, the President laid out a strong case for finally coming out with executive actions that could keep around 5 million immigrants from getting deported from the country. The gist of his 3-point message was:
- More resources for the border shall be accorded by the government. These resources will help to strengthen border patrolling while ensuring the reduction in illegal entrants encroaching upon the borders.
- There will be relief from deportation for parents who stay illegally in the US for more than 5 years but whose children are citizens or lawful permanent residents.
- There is hope for those immigrants who are highly skilled too, and for those who are already contributing positively to the economy.
President Obama also emphasized that the upcoming executive action was not a path to citizenship or legalization, but those who qualify would be granted relief from deportation for three years and would be eligible for work permits.
Deportation for young immigrants will also be broadened, according to the President. Instead of extending eligibility for young immigrants who came to the US before the year 2007 it will now be extended up to 2010, and applicants will no longer have to be under 31 years of age.
All in all, the impending executive action is all set to be a life-changing event for many immigrants presently residing in the United States of America!
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