Immigration law changes

Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits.
AP Wire
Aug 15, 2012

 

Homeland Security announced the details Tuesday of what documents illegal immigrants would need to prove that they are eligible for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement came a day before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was set to begin letting people apply for the program.

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants potentially could benefit from the program, which President Barack Obama announced in June. The program is beginning just months before what promises to be a tight contest for the White House in which the Hispanic vote may play an important role.

Obama has come under fire from Hispanic voters and others who say he hasn't fulfilled a previous campaign promise to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. The policy change could stop deportations for more than 1 million young illegal immigrants who would have qualified for the failed DREAM Act, formally the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, which Obama has supported in the past.

Republican lawmakers have accused Obama of circumventing Congress with the new program in an effort to boost his political standing and of favoring illegal immigrants over unemployed U.S. citizens.

Some, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, have called the policy backdoor amnesty and said they worry about fraud.

"While potentially millions of illegal immigrants will be permitted to compete with American workers for scarce jobs, there seems to be little if any mechanism in place for vetting fraudulent applications and documentation submitted by illegal immigrants," Smith said Tuesday.

The administration plan is to stop deporting many illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. To be eligible, immigrants must prove they arrived in the United States before they turned 16, are 30 or younger, have been living here at least five years and are in school or graduated or served in the military. They also cannot have been convicted of certain crimes or otherwise pose a safety threat.

Under guidelines that the administration announced Tuesday, proof of identity and eligibility could include a passport or birth certificate, school transcripts, medical and financial records and military service records. The DHS said that in some instances, multiple sworn affidavits, signed by a third party under penalty of perjury, also could be used. Anyone found to have committed fraud will be referred to federal immigration agents, the department said.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said being approved to avoid deportation "does not provide lawful status or a path to citizenship."

The paperwork for the program can be downloaded from the Immigration Services website. Applicants must pay a $465 fee and provide proof of identity and eligibility.

A decision on each application could take several months, and immigrants have been warned not to leave the country while their application is pending. If they are allowed to stay in the United States and want to travel internationally, they will need to apply for permission to come back into the country, a request that would cost $360 more.

Honduran Consulate officials said the number of people applying for passports has more than doubled in the past week, and almost all of them have said they were getting passports to apply to stay in the U.S.

Mayra Rivera, 47, brought her children, ages 18 and 20, to the consulate Tuesday from Philadelphia to help them apply for passports.

"They came here when they were children. So, for them, even though they are from Honduras ... this is their adoptive country and they love it a lot," Rivera said in Spanish. "For them to succeed ... is like winning the Lotto."

Rivera, who came to the U.S. seven years ago from Puerto Cortes, Honduras, is not eligible for the program. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had said DHS does not intend to use the program to target parents for deportation.

Advocacy groups across the country are planning events starting this week to help immigrants fill out their applications and get all their paperwork in order.

The Migration Policy Institute and the Pew Hispanic Center estimate that as many as 1.7 million people could be eligible to stay in the U.S. and legally work under the new policy.

DHS officials have said repeatedly they don't have an estimate of how many people may apply. In an internal document outlining the program's implementation, officials estimated 1.04 million people would apply in the first year and about 890,000 would be eligible.

The document estimated that the program could cost between $467.7 million and $585.4 million. The department anticipated collecting about $484.2 million in fees.
 

Comments

King Ding

to hell in a hand basket.....
I guess hope and change only occurs if your from another country

sirhansalot

Hey King Ding, How do you think your relatives long ago became citizens?. The only people who where here to start with were the Native Americans. Have you ever taken history classes?

Tri-cities realist

@sirhansalot. Perhaps you need a history lesson. My ancestors came here LEGALLY by waiting in long lines at Ellis Island when they FIRST arrived, not by sneaking across the border, living here for many years, and then deciding to try to avoid deportation when the president circumvents the law with this new program. There is a process for becoming a citizen, why do we allow people to break these laws, and then reward them with a path to citizenship? This is a slap in the face to all of the LEGAL immigrants who have applied, waited, taken citizenship classes, and finally become citizens. I understand the dilemma with children who were brought here, however, this needs to be addressed by Congress, not by one man deciding to circumvent the law through executive fiat.

angelshorty18

I love your comment..
alls hes doing is trying to get more votes from the immigrants who are legal

King Ding

It's amazing how the left can't see that all he is doing is pandering for votes....actually disgusting

King Ding

@sirhansalot attacking me because you don't agree with a post is fine. However for any shed of credibility stop trolling the board for conservative comments and comment on the story.

In the end it will probably all work out fine, each ILLEGAL has to pay $500 bucks and provide a for that says yep I'm and ILLEGAL and ehre is my address; so hopefull in November when King Barry and his court of clowns is removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, we can scoop them all up and deport the living he** out of them ALL!

angelshorty18

just what we need.. more people to steal what jobs we have left.. oh wait, I dont think theres any in michigan anyways. & they never think they need to speak english.

Zippy Jones

1. The Spanish, english , dutch and Germans were the first "illegal immigrants" beginning in the early 1500's. Genocide of the indigenous and salvery was the game plan as whites moved west, ignoring and , "All men are created equally".
2. I'm sure you're begging to work 16-18 hours days harvesting blueberries, etc, or other grueling work that the locals refuse to do. So many of the "finest" in the tri-cities refuse to do tough work- farming, McDonalds, roofing, manual labor. The owner of the company hires the worker. Sometimes the owner hires the worker and then calls DNS before he has to pay the workers.
3. Xenophobia, a dehumanization of migrants and immigrants, Fox Snooze causing fear of what "white Americans" don't understand.. "Liberty and justice for all"
4. Read this:
http://reason.com/assets/db/07cf...
5. And this:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nat...

6. If your family were living in a dangerous place, surrounded by poverty and misery, what would you do? Frankly, I'd do whatever it would take to give my children a better chance, just like my ancestors did for me.

Xenophobes.

truthhurts

just what we need....more democratic voters, Obama is pushing it for re-election.

Mr. Conservative

Obama is a cancerous tumor in the white house. His main objective is to run America into the ground, Mexicans are one of the tools he uses to do it. Mexicans ruin everything. They come into this country, breed like rabbits and have their massive litters, expect welfare.......... Mexicans and muslim presidents are the downfall of this country. All the liberals and prius driving queers in their San Fransisco cesspool praise obama of how he is so great. Its bullcrap and obama bin laden is an @$$hole.

BEARTHECARNAGE

Agreed!

artgmaster

The question I have.

Does this Law permit them to Register to Vote?

How long is this good for...just as long as your a student or working for a Business?

GH55

Can any of the haters on this thread tell me where this comes from?
This is what this country is suppose to represent.
"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
I am sick of the hating and bashing that seems to be the method of choice for most conservatives lately. Politics is about compromise, not believe the way I do or die! We live in an organized society, that requires a government. They provide infrastructure, protection and support to those in need. This is no longer a cowboy country, but obviously many think so.

Bazz56

The different is some do it legally some sneak in like the thieves they are.

Lanivan

Commenters - Your hatred for all things Obama is revealing your total ignorance. Did you know that illegal immigrants who receive a paycheck pay over $7BILLION A YEAR into Social Security but can not collect benefits???? Did you know that illegal (or legal) immigrants of any age CAN NOT VOTE UNTIL THEY BECOME US CITIZENS???? I sincerely hope that most of you posting your hate-filled blather are just having a good time and are not actually serious.

Vast Right Wing...

Are you that ignorant?
Illegal aliens generally use false data (maybe your SSN) and claim 9 dependents, so little if any money is deducted from their pay checks.
Illegal aliens generally do NOT get medical insurance, and count on everyone else to pay their bills.
Illegal aliens claim to be US citizens when applying for driver's license, and are then given an application to register to vote, they then have a voter's ID card and can vote - challenge them and you are called a racist.
Illegal aliens are criminals for just being in the US.

Try to live illegally in Mexico, or cross the border illegally in China, North Korea, Iran, etc. and see how you are treated.

AtomicRooster

What part of ILLEGAL doesn't anyone understand here? ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL. My strong feelings are this and I stand firm on it; Deport all of them now. The United States of America has enough problems right now without granting any of them any kind of amnesty. We have to take care of our own FIRST. There's not enough jobs now as it is to go around with now 1.8 million of the being granted anmesty. The vast majority of them have criminal records larger than our National Debt. Exactly what we DO NOT need right now. Now let's get back to business as usual and focus on the real issues facing us here in The United States. This is just Obama's plug to win his re-election and you don't need a professor from another planet to figure that out.

Lanivan

Obama has a much stronger record of illegal immigrant deportation than George W. Bush. Has from the beginning of his term. There has a been a continuous and steady decline of Mexican illegal immigrants coming into the US as the Mexican economy has improved over the past 10 years. And the illegal immigrant population as a whole would decrease drastically if they wouldn't be getting jobs. So I look to the employers who hire them as being the greater threat to those who oppose illegals being in this country. It's a whole lot of employment that generates $7 BILLION in Social Security payments A YEAR. (even though they will never receive SS benefits, it's still better for them to come here and work for minimum wages).

theQuin

This is the final straw! Just what our workforce needs - jobs taken by illegal immigrants.

Lanivan

Funny you don't blame the employers who hire them. Immigrants looking for work wouldn't come here if they couldn't find jobs. But the fact is that they tend to take the rough labor, low-pay jobs that US citizens don't want. Employers in many industries are always looking for folks who will work hard for very little pay and no benefits. And then there is our Republican Congress that has refused to pass over 19 jobs bills Obama has presented. The last bill would give a 20% tax break for companies who bring back jobs to the US (insourcing) while eliminating tax deductions for companies that move jobs overseas (outsourcing). Republicans do not want jobs for Americans because that would mean Obama is successful.....they'd rather let Americans suffer than do what's right for their country. Now THAT"S the FINAL STRAW!!

moose

I shouldn't be, but I'm surprised that so many of you are outraged at this law. Do you remember this story? http://www.grandhaventribune.com...


This allows children who were brought here, perhaps against their will, to be protected. It's not condoning their parents, or the sex-slave smugglers who may have dragged them into the country. It's protecting children.

AtomicRooster

Excuse me here, but what part of ILLEGAL is it that you DO NOT understand?

moose

I understand the words perfectly. I also understand compassion and empathy, and would suggest you try having some. Children who are brought into our country illegally (sometimes with horror stories you would not wish on your worst enemies) are not the ones responsible for the fact that they are here illegally. If an adult comes here illegally, and has to pay the consequences for that, I understand. If a child has to pay for the crimes of an adult who had control over them, I think it's shameful.

AtomicRooster

No you DO NOT. Look up ILLEGAL in the dictionary. You do not seem to comprehend nor do you know the definition of what ILLEGAL means. The United States of America has showed enough empathy and compasssion throughout the years and it's time WE stop and start caring for our own. Who comes to our rescue when we have gone through times of need? I'll tell you. NO ONE. Bleeding hearts? I think we have enough of them. Open your eyes and look at the REAL TRUE AMERICANS who have been struggling for years. They surely DO NOT need 1.8 million and again I say this because you have SELECTIVE HEARING HERE, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS to have to contend with in their job searches. This is EXACTLY what THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DOES NOT NEED right now. And every last one of them should be deported immediately and I stand firm on this issue. Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona I salute her. She has the right idea.

 

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