At a recent town hall forum in Miami, President Obama expressed confidence in his recent immigration measures and urged those considering applying to prepare their paperwork. Questions have arisen recently about the president’s proposals in light of a federal judge’s recent ruling against his immigration policies. However, the president sought to emphasize that his administration is appealing the decision and that his reforms will ultimately be found permissible.
The programs in question are intended to allow work permits for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and reduce the flow of deportations. Several state governments have declared their opposition to the measures for fear of the budgetary implications potentially involved. In light of the recent decision against the president’s measures by a judge in Texas, the Obama Administration has sought an emergency court order to reverse the ruling.
Despite these events, the president has also once again emphasized that his proposals are only temporary and that Congress must pass a comprehensive immigration reform law. Although some individuals at the town hall gathering expressed concern that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would target undocumented immigrants that come forward, the president stated that such officials would face consequences for failing to adhere to the policies he has stipulated.
Since the laws pertaining to immigration reform are potentially in a state of transition, someone with concerns about their legal status may wish to speak with an attorney regarding the matter before taking further action. An attorney might be able to advise someone as to the laws in their particular jurisdiction and help them to assemble whatever documentation may be necessary to facilitate their case. In addition, an attorney may advocate on a client’s behalf should complications arise during the process.
Source: The Hill, “Obama: ‘Consequences’ for immigration officials who flout my orders,” Mike Lillis, Feb. 25, 2015