Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Immigration Reform Issue Will Be Dealt With After Obama's Inauguration

Immigration reform a priority for Obama's administration in 2013.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 14, 2012

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, President Barack H. Obama during a Presidential press conference at the White House confirmed that immigration reform will be dealt with after his January's inauguration. He would like a bill that would focus on border security, enforcement including stiffer penalties for employers thay hire undocumented workers, provide a pathway for legalization for millions of immigrants and earned citizenship for DREAMers. DREAMers, undocumented children brought into the country illegally at no fault of their own by their non-citizen parents.
There are an estimated 1.7 million undocumented immigrants that arrived in the country as children.
Last August, the Obama administration and Homeland Security Department enacted an administrative policy allowing eligible DREAMERs to apply for deferred action and pay fees to get federal work permits and legal paper work to apply for state licenses. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an estimated 20,000 work permits have been issued to non-citizen DREAMers, since August. The Obama deferred action policy for eligible DREAMers will continue into 2013, since Obama was re-elected for a second term.
Obama's administration in the last four years has deported more than 4 million non-citizens than any former administration. Most of those deported, including U.S. Veterans were removed from the country for minor crimes.

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