Last year many undocumented immigrants were happily surprised when President Obama signed an executive order that provided a way for young individuals, who meet certain requirements, to remain in the country without fear of deportation for a period of two years. If recent news reports are correct, the deferred action move was just the beginning.
Reports indicate that the president would like the current immigration system to be overhauled via one comprehensive bill. Accordingly, it would encompass not only those young individuals who may or may not have been able to take advantage of deferred action, but highly skilled workers from other countries and those who make a living as migrant farm workers in the U.S. as well. Creating ways for these individuals to stay in the U.S. legally would likely be an economic benefit to the country.
As would be expected the complex plan has been worked on for some time by members of both major political parties. The hope is that the bill will be ready to be introduced in March.
This is not the first time that attempt has been made to change the immigration system in the country. Those behind the legislation believe the time may now be right however. This is in part based on the turnout of Latinos in particular at the polls this past November.
Depending on how the legislation is received it is possible that many undocumented immigrants will be in a position to seek citizenship. Because this is bound to result in a fair amount of confusion most would likely find the easiest way to determine that path is with the assistance of an immigration attorney.
Source: New York Times, "Obama plans major push on immigration," Julia Preston, Jan. 12, 2013
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