Millions of immigrants were thrilled when the president signed an executive order that would help many avoid deportation. Unfortunately, about 25 states challenged the order in court, preventing approximately four to five million people from taking advantage of the proposed program. The immigrantion issue is now being heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), and numerous immigrants in California and across the country are eagerly awaiting the final decision.
When President Obama opted to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protecting children of immigrants, and signed another order allowing some of the immigrant parents of citizen children to remain in the country, those who qualified for the programs were ready to do what was necessary to achieve this deportation protection. Unfortunately, none have been able to take advantage of the order due to some states questioning it in court. Those questioning the executive action believe it will encourage more immigrants to enter the country without the appropriate documentation.
Those is favor of the president’s program believe it is good for families and the economy as a whole. It is, after all, understandable that immigrant families simply want to stay together and not live in constant fear of deportation. Many do not have to wait for a Supreme Court decision to take steps toward gaining permanent residence status, though.
Undocumented immigrants in California can work through the immigrantion system now. An experienced immigrantion attorney can assist them with this process. While it can be difficult and somewhat frightening, the right steps can be taken toward achieving a status change. With help, any issues can be appropriately and timely addressed.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, “immigrantion Advocates Rally in LA as SCOTUS Weighs Reform Plan”, Kim Baldonado, April 18, 2016