An immigration reform bill proposal unveiled April 17 by a bipartisan group of eight senators would tie a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants to increased border security measures.
Michigan has become the latest state to retract its ban on driver's licenses for immigrants who receive deferred action , the state announced Feb. 1. Iowa made the change Jan. 23, after U.S....
Immigrants who receive deferred action are lawfully present in the United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services now says--a distinction that has led one state to retract its ban on driver's licenses for deferred action recipients. Iowa, which said in December it wouldn't give driver's licenses to immigrants granted deferred action, has now said it will.
Opponents of the Obama administration's use of prosecutorial discretion to enforce immigration law have no clear way to stop it, a report from the Congressional Research Service says. In immigration cases, courts tend to defer to the executive branch, because immigration decisions often involve foreign relations or national security.
More than 100,000 undocumented aliens who arrived in the country as children have been granted a 2-year deportation deferral and job authorization that can be renewed, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Dec. 12.
A group of young immigrants in Arizona has filed a lawsuit to block Gov. Jan Brewer's executive order that barred those who have received deferred action from the Obama administration from obtaining driver's licenses.
Nearly 4,600 undocumented aliens who arrived in the country as children have been granted a 2-year deportation deferral that can be renewed, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Oct. 12. In a statement, DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard said the average length of time to process a request will likely be between 4 and 6 months.
The 1.76 million young illegal immigrants potentially eligible for deferred action are mostly from Mexico, mostly participate in the labor force and are disproportionately female, according to an estimate (.pdf) from the Migration Policy Institute. About 65 percent of those eligible came from Mexico, and 9 percent came from elsewhere in Central America. Eleven percent came from the rest of Latin America, 9 percent from Asia and 6 percent from other parts of the world, says MPI, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.
For the deferred action for childhood arrivals program to succeed, the government will have to screen applicants uniformly despite ambiguities in the guidelines, the Migration Policy Institute says . One rule is that applicants must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 except for "brief, casual, and innocent" absences. But the guidelines don't specify what constitutes an acceptable absence, the Washington, D.C.-based think tank says.
Certain young illegal immigrants can now apply to defer immigration enforcement for 2 years via a six-page form (.pdf) U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services published online Aug. 14. An application fee of $465 covers the $380 it costs to apply for work authorization, which applicants must also do, as well as biometric services, which cost $85.