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President Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

Published: March 15th, 2017

President Obama just addressed the Nation concerning his executive order which should help millions of immigrants who are currently undocumented in the US and at deportation risk. It is too soon to know exactly what the exact requirements will be and what the process will entail but this is what we know for now: undocumented immigrants who have been in the US for 5 years ( we assume starting January 1, 2010 since the executive order will take effect on January 1, 2015), who have US citizen children or children who hold a green card, and who do not have any criminal conviction, can apply for a work permit and be eligible for deferred deportation for initially 3 years; the executive order would also extend DACA to older applicants (we do not know the cut off age). Please know that it is not a law and that these measures could change in the future. Unfortunately the executive order does NOT extend to the parents of DACA beneficiaries. There is no reason to rush for anything unless you are at imminent risk of deportation. There will be many immigrant clinics formed across the nation to assist undocumented immigrants on a pro bono basis. I will be attended various Central Florida clinics to help. This is an exciting time for immigration advocates like me and we just hope Congress will pass laws which are truly overdue. In the meantime this executive order will allow many families to not live in fear of being broken as a result of parent’s deportation.