Immigration Reform News 2015: Despite reversal on Obama executive order, for undocumented immigrants every thing not lost
It is almost a week when a Federal court refused to give any respite to President Obama on his executive action. It was to come into force last month and around five million undocumented immigrants were very hopeful that it is going to end their miseries and remove that hanging sword of deportation from their heads.
Now when the time of implementation came, their hopes were shattered and they realized to their horror that they are back to square one or even in worse situation as they have very little hope of avoiding deportation.
Their miseries would have been over, for at least many years to come if it was not for the Republican ruled states that ganged up against Obamaâ€™s immigration reform, particularly his executive order. While Republicans might be celebrating the fact that they have successfully stalled Obama executive order, they will find it hard to digest its political implications in the US presidential elections 2016.
Obama administration has said that they are not going to appeal against the order in Supreme Court in a hurry. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said the DOJ will not seek a U.S. Supreme Court emergency appeal. On the other hand Rodenbush that the Justice Department will put into effect the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) guidelines and new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, which are the best way for the DOJ to help the estimated 4.9 million undocumented immigrants.
Experts believe that there are some provisions in the expanded DAPA and DACA guidelines that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a renewable three-year stay in the U.S. pending requirements outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Another major issue is the DHS practice of immigrant family detention. Since the summer of 2014, DHS has increased its detention practices due to an influx of undocumented immigrants.
The latest developments have created more doubts. In the meantime many people are wondering if this weekâ€™s federal court ruling affects changes for those on high-skilled worker visas in the United States? But thankfully there wouldnâ€™t be any impact, whatsoever on it, experts believe. A report in Wall Street Journal while quoting Scott J. FitzGerald, a partner at U.S.-based international law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP says that it will not affect initiatives for skilled workers, because the lawsuit only pertained to the program that shielded millions from deportation.
On the other hand there seems to be other issues. The Wall Street Journal in its report says that â€œThe presidentâ€™s basket of executive actions was welcomed by Indiaâ€™s outsourcing technology industry, which earns billions of dollars sending Indian engineers and programmers to the U.S. and has been demanding America raise the ceiling on the number of skilled-worker visas it issues every yearâ€¦Some of the measures announced under the reforms have already been rolled out. A rule that allows people with H-4, dependent-spouse visas with partners seeking employment-based, permanent residence status, to work in the U.S., came into effect earlier this weekâ€.
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