President Barack Obama has made no attempt to hide the fact that he is keen on delaying moving forward on immigration reform for the foreseeable future; at least until after the November elections and in all likelihood until 2015. Advocacy groups on both sides of the immigration argument have expressed their frustration with the delay but perhaps none have been more flustered than the immigrants themselves; those who are directly affected by his indecision. The lack of movement on reform indeed has an impact on every illegal immigrant in the United States but it particularly affects those who were saved from being deported by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an initiative that was passed into law under Obama in 2012.
Hopes for the Expansion of DACA
DACA, as it is commonly referred, gives illegals who were brought into the United States as children by their parents the privilege of staying in the country for up to two years without the possibility of being deported. Additionally these DACA immigrants can obtain work permits which many of them have done and are now working or going to college or both. Many immigrants have hoped that Obama would revise DACA so that it would include a provision for the parents of those children to also be allowed to stay in the country, if only for a specified period of time.
The fact that Obama has promised reform only to renege on that promise to the dismay of immigrants from coast to coast has left many of them feeling like they are caught in a political volley. They feel like they have been played for fools and the frustration within the immigrant community is mounting exponentially.
The announcement made to delay reform spread across social media channels like wildfire with immigration lawyer and advocates condemning the President’s decision and many even going as far as to accuse him of secretly desiring deportation for immigrants. The consensus seemed to be that Obama was making politics a bigger priority than the lives of those illegal immigrants who have been hoping against hope that reform would come quickly and in their favor as well as ahead of the lives of those who have already been and continue to be deported on a daily basis.
The President promised in June that by the end of the summer he would act on immigration of his own accord rather than work with Congressional leaders, this after a bipartisan immigration bill was not taken up by House Republicans after being passed by the Senate in 2013. If it has been, the majority of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would have had an unprecedented opportunity to obtain citizenship and legal status in the United States. Obama recently said that he would be deciding what his next course of action would be o the immigration front “fairly soon.” Shortly after, however, the White House announced that plans would not be revealed until closer to the end of the year.
If you or someone you know is interested in receiving legal counsel for any immigration issue, please contact the immigration attorney at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas or call their offices at 512-215-5225.