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Guidance on the President’s Immigration Initiatives

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on November 26, 2014

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of executive orders impacting US immigration policy. The Shapiro Law Group stands ready to assist anyone impacted by President Obama’s executive actions with respect to immigration.

Specifically, the President announced the following immigration executive actions:

  • The implementation of a Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Strategy designed to strengthen border security;
  • Revisions to removal and deportation policies in order to prioritize the deportation of national security threats, convicted felons, gang members, and illegal entrants apprehended at the border, followed by a second-tier priority for those convicted of multiple misdemeanors, and third-tier priority for non-criminals who have failed to abide by a final order of removal on or after January 1, 2014;
  • Discontinuation of the Secure Communities Program, which will be replaced with the Priority Enforcement Program to closely and clearly reflect the revised deportation and removal priorities;
  • Support for job series realignment and premium ability pay coverage for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers engaged in removal operations;
  • Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program to broaden eligibility to those who were under 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, who entered the US before June 15, 2007, and who were under 16 years old when they entered;
  • Extension of deferred action to parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents;
  • Expansion of provisional waivers to include spouses and children of lawful permanent residents;
  • Revisions to parole rules to identify the conditions under which talented entrepreneurs may be eligible for parole into the US;
  • Enhanced access to citizenship by allowing the use of credit cards as a payment option for naturalization fee; and
  • Implementation of administrative actions to enable US businesses to hire and retain highly-skilled foreign workers.

Shapiro Law Group commends the President for taking action to strengthen US immigration policies and enable individuals and business to comply with immigration policies. It is important to note that the initiatives identified in the executive actions have not yet been implemented. The immigration law firm of Shapiro Law Group will provide updates as additional legislative and regulatory actions are taken.

The Chicago immigration lawyers at the Shapiro Law Group stand ready and able to help foreign nationals obtain the necessary immigration documents that they need. We support immigration reform designed to make the immigration system more efficient and effective. If you would like additional information about the Presidents immigration executive actions, contact our office at (847)564-0712 to speak with an immigration attorney.