President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

Infographic: President Obama Is Taking Steps to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

From the President’s address this evening (link to full transcript below):

“Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law? Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future?

Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms? Or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?

Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us? Or are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs, businesses, and industries right here in America?

That’s what this debate is all about. We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration; we need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears.”

Read the full speech here.

Secretary Johnson Announces Process for DACA Renewal

Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that individuals granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (often referred to as DACA) will be able to renew their grant of deferred action for an additional two years.  Individuals who seek to renew their grant of deferred action must meet the following criteria:

“[i]ndividuals may request DACA renewal if they continue to meet the initial criteria and these additional guidelines:

  • Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since they submitted their most recent DACA request that was approved; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.”

The press release can be accessed here.