After one and a half years, President Obama finally decided that “enough is enough” and pulled the trigger on enacting immigration reforms. While the measures taken by President Obama fall short of the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that unanimously passed the Senate in June, 2013, they are certainly expansive in nature, and provide some relief to the millions of undocumented Americans living in this country. The president does not have authority to provide a pathway to citizenship without the cooperation of the Senate and the House of Representatives. We are very happy with these changes, and applaud President Obama for taking this action.
The attached article, published on November 13, 2014 in the New York Times, reveals President Obama’s likely plans for immigration reform via an executive order. We are hopeful that in addition to granting deferred action for the parents of U.S. citizen children, lawful permanent residents, and DACA recipients, the President goes a step further, and allows certain immigrants, who have been living in the U.S. for a long period of time, to Parole in Place. The Parole in Place doctrine will allow those eligible, to receive their Lawful Permanent Residence (green card) in the United States.