The massive number of unaccompanied children crossing the southwestern border has federal officials scrambling to provide enough people and space to deal with the crisis.
Young immigrants who received deferred action from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2012 can now apply to renew for another two years.
Nearly a year into the deferred action program for young undocumented immigrants, an estimated 49 percent of the eligible population had applied, a report from the Migration Policy Institute says. Counting potential beneficiaries--for example, those who could become eligible if they earn their GED--as well, the MPI estimates that 36 percent had applied as of June 30.
Two-thirds of applicants for deferred action were 10 or younger when they arrived in the United States, according to data the Brookings Institution received from a Freedom of Information Act request. Thirty percent of the total were younger than 6 years old when they arrived.
Nebraska's decision to forbid driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants granted deferred action by the Obama administration has drawn a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union. Arizona is the only other state that denies driver's licenses to deferred action recipients.
The House-approved fiscal 2014 Homeland Security Department spending bill includes an amendement that would prevent the department from implementing prosecutorial discretion of immigration enforcement, the policy that prioritizes the deportation of dangerous criminals and recently arrived undocumented immigrants.
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.