Don Mooers shares information about Temporary Protected Status for West Africans in his latest video blog.
Here is Mooers Immigration’s initial synopsis of the 4 (four) major immigration programs announced by President Obama on Thursday, November 20. Additional details about each of these programs are expected in the coming days.
I discussed all of this live on Channel 9 earlier today. A number of firms and organizations have contacted my office to schedule meetings with their members or employees – please contact me if you would like me to speak to your organization.
[NOTE: In addition to the list below, there will be additional employment-related items that will be announced shortly related to L-1B visas; definition of "same or similar" for pending immigrants changing employers; new PERM regulations related to recruiting US workers; a new type of “visa” for foreign entrepreneurs; and opportunities for entrepreneurs to obtain Green Cards under the “National Interest Waiver” program.]
1. DAP: Deferred Action for Parents
TIMING: File applications starting in May/June 2015
2. Expansion of DACA (DREAM Act) for “childhood arrivals”
TIMING: File applications starting in February/March 2015
3. Relief for Legal Applicants currently in Long Lines for Green Cards and Work Visas
TIMING: Once Regulations and Guidance have been issued [TBD]
4. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia
TIMING: File applications starting in June 2015
INDIVIDUALS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRESIDENT’S ACTION
Unless they had a US Citizen child after arriving in the US, parents of children in the DACA program ARE NOT eligible for help under the Obama program.
Bottom Line: This is a highly-targeted plan that will help many individuals.
Let us know if you want to discuss in greater detail the impact that the Obama program will have on your clients, company or organization. I have a cadre of native Spanish speakers on my staff who are available to answer questions as well.
Please let us know when we can be of assistance.
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A preliminary report on the impact of the US Government shutdown on immigration, visa and related matters:
At this point – 10 hours after the Federal Government shutdown went into effect – it should be business as usual with most of the US Government agencies that deal with immigration. The exception to this is the filing by a new employee for a Social Security Number.
Last week Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that the House of Representatives would not consider the Senate bipartisan Immigration bill. This has set off wild speculation regarding the future of Immigration Reform.
Instead of comprehensive reform, the House is pursuing a piece-meal approach. Many individual bills is the stated goal of the House leadership.
Those who say that Reform is now dead point to the “over my dead body” comments of ultra-conservatives in the Republican Party who are fiercely fighting any and all efforts to provide a legal path to residency for the 11 million who are out of status. Opponents of reform claim that they want the border to be impossible to cross except through checkpoints. The logical extension of this argument, it seems, is to ultimately authorize the Border Patrol to shoot on sight anyone trying to cross into the US.
Having grown up in Washington and worked on Capitol Hill, I see things a little differently. Republicans cannot escape the fact that changing demographics — namely the growth of the Latino electorate — will favor the party/parties that works to solve the current immigration disaster we face today.
Moreover, Latino voters are naturally aligned from Left to Right, just like the rest of the country. Some are liberal, but many — if not most — are more on the conservative side. Of these, a healthy percentage hold traditional values on the role of family, small business and other issues that line up more squarely in the Republican camp.
Ultimately, I believe that Republicans will choose demographic reality over ideology, which means that Immigration Reform will pass. When exactly this will happen still remains to be seen. And the final details of the reform still have to be negotiated.
For the remainder of the summer, it is likely that both sides will continue to engage in a war of words, accusations and petty politics. During this time the House may likely advance several smaller immigration bills.
After Labor Day we should see more action, and we may even witness some actual compromises on issues such as the DREAM Act, additional visas for business, low-skilled visas, and a few other items.
Democrats and Republicans will search to gain advantage from Immigration Reform. Only when both sides see an advantage from passing a bill can Immigration Reform become reality.
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