Immigration Reform news 2015: DHS instructed to not deport longtime undocumented immigrants
Finally there is some movement as far as immigration reform is concerned. Immigration reform that had no good news to showcase has finally one.
Now immigration reform activists are rallying to thank President Barak Obama who has asked the Department of Homeland Security to actually change the enforcement of United States immigration laws. According to reports The Deapartment of Homeland Security is actually focusing on integrating long-term undocumented immigrants instead of deporting them.
Latest reports suggest that the DHS has shifted its methods of Â targetting only three groups of undocumented immigrants for deportation: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border, according to the Washington Post.
The Washington PostÂ report further states that the new policies will allow officials to ignore the majority of undocumented immigrants except for the three focus groups, and come amid legal challenges to the President Barack Obama’s executive action from last year, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which protected roughly 5 million eligible undocumented immigrants from deportation who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents before a federal judge put a stay on its enforcement until the conclusion of the lawsuits.
Nonethelesd this is just a temporary relief.Â The latest change in DHS policy, according to reports, merely governs the actions of immigration officials, rather than offering undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, which may have a wider effect, according to the Washington Post.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson while talking on the issue says “We are making it clear that we should not expend our limited resources on deporting those who have been here for years, have committed no serious crimes, and have, in effect, become integrated members of our society…These people are here, they live among us, and they are not going away.”