posted at 20:50
Author Name: Hunter Walker
The 6 Key Parts Of Obamas Immigration Plan
President Barack Obama unveiled executive actions he plans to take to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation in a primetime speech from the White House on Thursday evening. In his remarks, Obama characterized his plan as having three main parts; improving border security, promoting opportunities for "High-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs" and and taking stepts to deal "Responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country." The deferred action program for these undocumented immigrants is being established by the Department of Homeland Security. According to the White House it will allow them to have "Temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for three years at a time if they come forward and register, submit biometric data, pass background checks, pay fees, and show that their child was born before the date of this announcement." Allowing More DREAMers: Another group that will be shielded from deportation through the president's executive actions are undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, who have become known as DREAMers. Under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a 2012 DHS memorandum, qualifying immigrants born after 1981 who arrived prior to 2007 could have their deportation postponed for up to two years. According to the White House, DHS will be making "Regulatory changes to allow these workers to move or change jobs more easily." DHS is also finalizing new rules that will give employment authorization to the spouses of workers in specialty occupations who are here on H-1B visas and have approved applications for permanent residency. DHS is also going to propose changes to the Optional Practical Training program, which allows foreign students to work while pursuing their education in the US. The White House said these changes will be aimed at strengthening the "Educational experiences of foreign students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at U.S. universities." Obama's executive orders also include several measures designed to reduce "Family separation" for immigrants awaiting permanent residency. DHS will issue guidance designed to make it easier for these immigrants to return to their home countries for visits.

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