On November 20, 2014, President Obama ordered an executive action making significant changes to immigration policy.
This executive order will protect over 4.3 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allow them to work in the U.S. Unauthorized immigrants will now be eligible for three years to apply for relief of deportation and work permits.
Some of the requirements for immigrants to be exempt from deportation include arriving in the US before 2010 while under the age of 16, and arriving in the US before 2010 and have one child who is a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
In the past, many presidents have made legislation controlling whom the U.S. can and cannot deport. This piece of legislation has similar goals in mind. This won’t give immigrants full citizenship or even give them a path to citizenship. Only Congress has the power to do that.
Since President Obama took office, there have been more deportations than ever, but we can’t deport all 11 million unauthorized immigrants. It doesn’t make sense to deport people who are established here and have children that are citizens. This legislation is trying to protect families and keep them from being separated.