Early leak of a White House Press Release on Obama’s announcement for Executive Action!
This is a pre-announcement leak, so we will verify the facts here on our site after his press conference this evening. According to the leaked release, people who will benefit from the President’s announcement will be:
1. Those who (a) have been present in the US for at least five years, (b) been present in the US since at least January 1, 2010, (c) are present on the day of the announcement (today), (d) pass a criminal background check (sorry, no details yet), (e) prove that they have been paying their taxes, AND (f) are a parent of a US citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident on the date of the announcement, and
2. Those who (a) arrived before age 16, (b) have been present since at least January 1, 2010, (c) pass a criminal background check, (d) prove that they have been paying their taxes, and (e) are present in the US on the date of the announcement. Note: this differs from DACA in that there is no upper age limit and no education requirement.
People in these two groups would be able to get employment authorization, a social security card and a driver’s license. It will NOT lead directly to permanent residence or citizenship. The program would be temporary, so those benefitting would need to be looking for another way to become a permanent resident.
Rumor has it that the I-601A program will be expanded to families of permanent residents.
The rumor is that applications will be accepted starting in “early” 2015. That might not mean January 1st.
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