Benefits of Deferred action for parents and immigration directive – immigration lawyers in charlotte nc to offer representation to all applicants

The White House made public a set of wide executive actions to give relief from deportation for {large|significant|big|sizable|substantial|extensive) groups of individuals presently in the United States without documentation. Specifically, the the Administration has made public that the DACA policy will be expanded to encompass all foregin nations who entered the United States before the age of sixteen and who are currently in the United States starting January 1, 2010. Applicants will need to demostrate they do not have any felony convictions or serious misdemeanors on their record, and no more than two minor misdemeanors. Applicants also need to demostrate they have graduated from an accredited high school, have obtained a GED, or that they are currently working on their diploma or GED. Entitled applicants will be given safety from deportation by the DHS and a 3 years Employment authorization (instead of the two-year work permit provided under the 2012 DACA, which may be renewed. With these Employment authorization , Entitled applicants can also obtain valid social security numbers and driver’s licenses in NC.

Furthermore, the President has announced a new program tentatively titled DAP, which will {provide|afford|confer|extend| the same benefits as the expanded DACA program (protection from deportation and renewable three-year work permits) to all applicants who are parents of United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident children and who have been present in the United States since at least January 1, 2010. Applicants would also need to meet the criminal background check requirements. However, DAP applicants will not have the same education requirements.

The President’s executive actions however only go so far and many imperfections in our immigration system remain unchanged. First, many undocumented individuals and their families are “starved for details” as to whether or not some of their cases, complicated by criminal convictions or prior immigration violations, will advantage them from the newly policy. THe White House has said they will process applications under the new executive action in 6-months, but have not revealed when or if thorough guidelines concerning such technicalities will be made available. Second, by limiting DACA to undocumented individuals who had U.S. citizen or resident children as of November 20, 2014, many who have made close relations to United States in other ways remain in danger of being deported. NC Policy Watch notes “little more than 40 percent of the [North Carolina’s] total population” of undocumented immigrants will benefit under these new plans. Additionally, the President’s new plan limits the overall economic benefit of immigration reform. The Economist notes that the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in 2013 would have boosted the GDP by 3.3 % over a decade, whereas the President’s executive action will contribute only between 0.4% and 0.9% in over the same period. This executive action will result in numerous benefits not only for those parents, but for thousands of children and for the population of the United States generally.

There are almost 5 million children in the US with at least one undocumented parent. According to a report from ICE, moer than 70,000 individuals with at least one US citizen child were deported in 2013. While many of them had criminal charges which led to their deportation, almost 11,000 of them had no criminal convictions. These deportations left more than 100,000 US citizen children with either no parent, or with only one parent. The detention or deportation of a parent has an extremely detrimental impact on the US citizen children who are left behind. According to a study conducted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) in 2012, children with detained or deported parents experience increased crying, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, clingy behavior, and increased fear and anxiety. Many of them associate all law enforcement officers with immigration officers, and are therefore fearful of police. Numerous studies have concluded that such fear and anxiety in childhood can have lasting detrimental effects on a child’s development.

We here at Charlotte Immigration Law Firm are excited for these new programs and look forward to assisting our clients obtain these benefits. If you or a family member is interested in this program, call our Immigration Lawyers in Charlotte NCat (704) 900-2925 or email at to schedule an appointment or to reserve your seat for one of our upcoming free information presentations!

About us: Charlotte Immigration Law Firm is a boutique legal practice focusing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. Opened in 2009, the Firm handles a full range of immigration matters, including employment and family based immigration petitions, removal defense, and appeals. Our immigration lawyers in charlotte nc and legal staff help aspiring Americans, their families, and their employers navigate the complexities of U.S. immigration law. We represent our clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR” or “Immigration Court”), the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”), and consular posts around the world. We provide affordable immigration advice and representation to individuals, families and companies locally and worldwide. As your Immigration Lawyers in Charlotte we strive to construct personalized legal strategies for our clients, and deliver quality advice and competitive services in a trustful, honest, and professional manner. Our Immigration Lawyers in Charlotteoffer clients absolute confidentiality, a rigorous and innovative approach to your legal problems, while the firm’s light structure allows for undivided personal attention and affordable representation. If you need assistance with any immigration matter, please contact our Immigration Lawyers Charlotte NC at 704-944-3239. Our Immigration Lawyers Charlotte provide business immigration advice and representation locally and worldwide. Alex Muntean is an Immigration Attorney in Charlotte NCproviding immigration advice and representation.


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