President Provides Immediate
Relief, Creates Architecture for Reform
November 20, 2014
Washington D.C. - After decades of congressional neglect,
tonight President Obama took a crucial and courageous step
toward reforming our immigration system. He announced that
he will provide immediate relief for many of those impacted
by of our broken system, and he is offering Congress an
architecture for the permanent reforms that our country
Under the new policies announced, the
Obama Administration will build on the successful Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by providing
temporary relief for the parents of U.S. Citizens and lawful
permanent residents. The new program, to be called Deferred
Action for Parents (DAP), will ensure that millions of U.S.
Citizen and lawful permanent resident children will remain
unified with their parents. The President also announced new
enforcement policies and steps to improve the adjudication
of business and family visas.
Mindful that the full impact of the President’s announcement
will reveal itself in the months ahead, the American
Immigration Council will keep a close watch over how the
agencies administer these new policies. We will work to
ensure that they are implemented in a way that respects
fundamental principles of fairness and due process.
Since at least 1956, every U.S. President has granted
temporary immigration relief to one or more groups in need
of assistance. Like his predecessors, President Obama did
not provide a permanent legal status to anyone – only
Congress can do that.
The American Immigration Council applauds this long-fought
reform for immigrant families, but we keep in mind the
millions left untouched by the announcement today. Rather
than look for ways to block reform, Congress should do its
job to fix our broken immigration system and provide
undocumented immigrants in this nation a full and meaningful
shot at citizenship.
The H-2B non-agricultural
temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring
foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary
nonagricultural jobs. A U.S. employer must file a Petition
for Nonimmigrant Worker on a prospective worker’s behalf.
To qualify for H-2B nonimmigrant
* The employer must establish that its need for the
prospective worker’s services or labor is temporary,
regardless of whether the underlying job can be described as
permanent or temporary. The employer’s need is considered
temporary if it is a one-time occurrence, a seasonal need, a
peak-load need, or an intermittent need..
Implementation of the Supreme Court
Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet
“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding
that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is
unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal
departments to ensure the decision and its implication for
federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are
implemented swiftly and smoothly...
Unlawful Presence Waivers
Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants
who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens
(immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful
presence waivers before they leave the United..
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