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AILA Resources on Administrative Reform 2014 (Updated 11/21/14)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14032850 (posted Nov. 21, 2014)"

AILA provides a summary of the President's executive action based on a briefing by the White House on 11/20/14. (AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14112059.)

AILA Press Statement: President Obama’s Use of His Legal Authority Can Fix Broken Elements of the Immigration System (11/20/2014) (AILA Doc. No. 14112061.)

Watch AILA President Leslie Holman respond to President Obama's announcement in this AILA Quicktake. (AILA Doc. No. 14112145.)

Read AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen’s Tweets from the President’s Thursday night speech.

Here are a few highlights from the President's planned executive action:

On affirmative relief: parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (of any age) who have been continuously present since 1/1/10, and who pass background checks and pay taxes, will be eligible to apply for deferred action, which will be granted for a 3-year period. (Note that parents of DACA recipients are not eligible.) DACA will be revised to eliminate the age cap, and to change the date that continuous presence must have started to 1/1/10.

On enforcement priorities: a new memo will name three enforcement priorities, which will be operational immediately, including suspected terrorists, convicted felons (including aggravated felonies), convicted gang members, and people apprehended on the border, people convicted of serious or multiple misdemeanors, and very recent entrants (i.e., those who entered after 1/1/14).

On timing of filing for adjustment of status: the ability of individuals with an approved employment-based immigrant petition who are caught in the quota backlogs to file for adjustment of status will be advanced to permit them to obtain the benefits of a pending adjustment. This is expected to impact about 410,000 people.

Also, the White House released a fact sheet and talking point on the President's executive action. (AILA Doc. Nos. 14112057 and 14112056.)

Government Resources

AILA Recommendations on Administrative Action

  • Affirmative relief from deportation and other DHS policy changes to help keep families together and business running: A letter from AILA to the White House outlining potential administrative actions that advance our national interest, which includes: supporting family unity, promoting economic growth, and improving processes. (AILA Doc. No. 14090349.)
  • Enforcement reforms: DHS is removing thousands of people each year who pose no threat and have strong ties to our country, including many with U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident family members. (AILA Doc. No. 14032541.)
  • Letter to President Obama on Family Detention and Executive Action from AILA and 135 advocacy, legal, service and other organizations urging him to address the fundamental problems with the detention and expedited deportation of children and their mothers as he considers taking executive action to reform the immigration system. (AILA Doc. No. 14111904.)
  • "Border Security: Moving Beyond Past Benchmarks," an AILA report that examines what’s really needed to secure the border. Since 2001, the United States has taken a resource heavy approach to border-security, which has resulted in a dramatic build-up of border security and a massive expenditure of resources at the Southern border. (AILA Doc. No. 13013051.)

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