A little information to keep you up to date

In his speech, President Barack Obama highlighted the crucial role of immigrants in the United States. This is a country built by immigrants and it is a country where opportunities to grow and improve are part of everyday life. In his words: “(…) we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them (…) What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.“.

In the cited measures, Obama promised to give an opportunity to undocumented workers to legalize their situation with the law. But he also said there would be “no free passes” towards citizenship. What this means is a temporary reprieve from deportation for those individuals to comply with the following requirements.

Who does the new agreement apply to?

This agreement does not apply to anyone who arrived in this country a short time ago, or may arrive in the United States in the near future.

On the contrary, the conditions which lead to the opportunity for legalization of residential status and a temporary reprieve on deportation apply under the following conditions:

-If you have been in the United States more than 5 years.

-If you have children that are American citizens or legal residents.

-If you registered for a criminal background check, and are willing to pay your taxes.

It does not grant citizenship or permanent residency. It also does not offer the benefits of citizenship.

Immigration reform requires extensive debate and analysis of many questions this measure neglects.  This executive action’s aim is to resolve urgent questions on a short term basis. But it does not give us any specific information or actions for the future.

These measures only incentivize those individuals who are here illegally to request a driver’s license or temporary residency status. And only if they comply with the requirements previously mentioned to avoid deportation.

In short, it is not clear how many of the approximately 5 million illegal immigrants could be eligible to receive help under the the measures proposed by Obama. We also do not know how many people will risk facing immigration and customs giving all their personal details without knowing precisely what these “benefits” apply to. This is a goodwill system that rests on trust where individuals rely on a favorable result.

In the meantime, deportations will continue to exist and even intensify.

If you have any doubts about this subject or other immigration themes, contact an immigration lawyer. You could also connect with free information centers for immigrants’ rights. Search our YaSabe.com site and get the best information today.


Until the next time!