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White House Considering Plans to Expand Temporary Legal Status for More Immigrants

White House Considering Plans to Expand Temporary Legal Status for More Immigrants

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the White House is moving forward on plans to expand deportation relief through executive action to roughly 5 million immigrants of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The plans could offer immigrants temporary legal status, similar to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Officials [...]

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How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

The Obama administration is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Congress must approve the funding that, according to news reports, would speed up removal proceedings to decide if the children can stay in the U.S. or if they will be sent back to Central [...]

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Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

Written by on July 2, 2014 in President Obama, Reform with 4 Comments
Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

This week, President Obama concluded that the House would not act on immigration reform this year, leading him to announce that he would use his executive authority to fix what he could of the immigration system on his own. This is a welcome decision, although details of his plans are unlikely to unfold until later [...]

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Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

Written by on June 30, 2014 in President Obama, Reform with 7 Comments
Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

President Obama said Monday that he plans to take administrative action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” As the president explained in his White House speech, his first step is to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to shift resources [...]

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The Power of DACA Continues to Grow

Written by on June 16, 2014 in Children, Deferred Action, Students with 2 Comments
The Power of DACA Continues to Grow

June 15 marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. DACA temporarily defers the deportation of eligible undocumented youth and young adults, and grants them access to renewable two-year work permits and Social Security Numbers. As of March 2014, 673,417 young people had applied to the [...]

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USCIS Anuncia Procedimiento para Renovación de DACA

USCIS Anuncia Procedimiento para Renovación de DACA

En el día de ayer el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) anunció los términos del proceso para la renovación de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). Mediante la renovación de DACA, aquellos individuos que actualmente ya cuentan con el beneficio de la Acción Diferida seguirán disfrutando del [...]

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The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young noncitizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period.  In addition, they will continue to have [...]

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New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

Written by on May 15, 2014 in Deferred Action, USCIS with 2 Comments
New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) statistics on Thursday, revealing that over 550,000 individuals have now been granted DACA. The data, which is current through March 2014, indicate that USCIS has accepted nearly 650,000 requests. Over the past six months, the agency has accepted roughly 500 applications [...]

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Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Young immigrants in Virginia who receive temporary legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made the announcement Tuesday at the Northern Virginia Community College. “We should welcome these smart, talented, hard-working young people into our economy [...]

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On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

A year ago this week, senators introduced S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill, to much fanfare. It was a high point for the immigration reform movement, only to be eclipsed by the bipartisan vote to move the bill out of committee and then, in June 2013, final passage in the Senate itself. Thus far, [...]

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