Today I am hosting a Community Learning Exchange among Roca staff to talk about Obama's announcement on June 15th. Below are 10 things everyone should know about this new policy change:
Current Status of New Immigration Policy
- People under 30
- Came into the country before 16 years old
- Have No felonies
- Lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years
- Have current deportation orders
- All 300,000 cases currently in deportation proceedings will be reviewed by senior DHS officials. Immigration judges and ICE trial attorneys will also be reviewing their cases on a daily and weekly basis to make sure that any case that goes forward is consistent with DHS enforcement priorities.
- This announcement is DHS’s attempt to “unclog” the deportation case log by removing “low-priority” cases in order to focus on individuals who pose serious dangers to our communities and our country.
- “High-priority” individuals include, but are not limited to, those who pose a serious threat to national security, are serious felons and repeat offenders, are known gang members, or have a record of repeated immigration violations.
- “Low-priority” individuals include, but are not limited to, veterans; long-time, lawful residents; DREAMers and others brought to the US as children; pregnant women; victims of domestic abuse and other serious crimes; and spouses, including LGBT spouses.
- Individuals in deportation proceedings who are deemed “low-priority” will get a letter from DHS stating their case has been administratively “closed”.
- Those whose cases are closed can apply for a work permit program. Decisions about work permits will be made on a case-by-case basis. Undocumented immigrants not in deportation proceedings cannot seek work permits.
- Individuals SHOULD NOT attempt to be placed in deportation proceedings in order to apply for a work permit.
- If implemented properly, these individuals will not be placed into deportation proceedings in the future so long as this policy is in place.
- The announcement does not change programs such as 287g and Secure Communities.
- This is not “back-door amnesty” as our opponents will claim. This is a procedural change in the implementation of DHS’s enforcement policies to target only those who pose serious threats to the US and those with long criminal records.
I am sure there will be more to come in the next couple of months.
Please, CALL and THANK the President for this first step
in the right direction: