On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced significant changes to immigration policy here in the United States. At the heart of these changes, millions of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants facing deportation will be protected from immediate actions taken against them. A system that’s been broken for decades now, immigration policy in this country is undergoing sweeping reform, which leaves the average person asking what it all means and how it will directly impact their lives and the lives of their families.
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We know you have questions, and WE WANT YOU TO CALL US. At Peek & Toland, PLLC, our immigration attorneys stay apprised of all the latest developments in immigration reform, are aware of the various slight nuances that separate one scenario from the next, and are more than willing to assist individuals with all matters pertaining to immigration policy here in the United States. For more information about how these new immigration policies may affect you and your family, call us today at (512) 474-4445.
Per the most recent executive actions put forth by the White House, immigration policy will be impacted in a variety of ways, including:
- Modifying requirements, resulting in a greater number of people being eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program…individuals coming to the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday and who have been here since 1/1/2010 will have DACA and work authorization increased from two years to three years
- Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country since 1/1/2010 to request a deferment in action taken against them, as well as employment authorization for three years (provided they pass background checks) as part of a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program
- Expanding use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include spouses and children of permanent residents as well as the children of U.S. citizens
An already complicated matter in and of itself, immigration and any sort of reformations made moving forward are going to make things even more difficult to understand. There are numerous factors at play in any given case, and the legal team at Peek & Toland is prepared to sort through the confusion and help you understand exactly what your rights are and how they’ve been impacted by President Obama’s latest immigration reform policies.
There’s a lot more to immigration reform than just border activity, deporting people, and the debate on who deserves to be here and who doesn’t. Prioritizing matters so that families stay together is a huge part of this reform, and the attorneys at Peek & Toland understand this completely. If you feel as though you and your family can benefit from these recent changes in law, please DON’T HESITATE to contact our firm so that we can help guide you through this complicated process. It’s important that we look into the matters surrounding your immigration status sooner rather than later, so be sure to contact us as soon as we can so that we can go over your options.
Changes are being proposed every day, the details are all still being sorted, and our lawyers are staying up-to-date on everything so that you don’t have to. Let us worry about the legalities, while you focus on living the American dream. If you’re looking for additional information though, be sure to check out www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction. There’s a lot of valuable info on this government site, and our attorneys are more than happy to go over it with you.