On Wednesday, August 20, Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and nationally renowned undocumented immigrant rights’ advocate who is the subject of the CNN Films documentary “Documented,” started a publicity campaign demanding that President Obama to grant deferred action for nearly all undocumented immigrants. Following the President’s announcement on June 30 that he considers to take new executive action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own,” Jose Antonio Vargas, in partnership with the National Immigration Law Center has submitted applications for deferred action on behalf of 11 undocumented immigrants representing the diversity of the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The formal legal memorandum submitted with these applications explains: “the Obama administration should create a broad program that will allow as many people as possible to apply for protection from deportation and temporary status that provides work authorization for those who have an economic necessity.” Dubbed the #1of11million campaign, the applications for deferred action submitted by these 11 individuals sets out a proposal for a new deferred action program that would require applicants to meet several criteria, including: 18 months continuous presence in the U.S., a family member (including extended family) who has lawful immigration status, and either enrollment in school or regular employment. The applications also request the Obama administration to expand Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to all undocumented immigrants who arrived as children (up to age 18) and who have been in the U.S. for at least five years prior to the date of application as oppose to prior to June 15, 2007, as the program currently requires. Whether or not President Obama and his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson decide to move forward with any of these proposals remains to be seen. Whatever action Obama takes on immigration, legal experts agree that the President has “wide latitude” in deciding how to enforce U.S. immigration laws. The immigration lawyers in Charlotteand staff at Charlotte Immigration Law Firm will continue to monitor the news closely and prepared to act immediately to help our clients when the President announces his plan.
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