As a result of President Obama’s executive order late last year, roughly 4 million undocumented immigrants will remain in the US and be eligible to seek legal employment. The future of this action is shrouded in uncertainty, however, since congressional Republicans vehemently oppose the initiative. Many state leaders have also pledged to block the legislation in federal court. The resulting clash may lead to yet another government shutdown.
Estimates show that the Department of Homeland Security will run out of funding on February 27th, due to budgetary insufficiency. Congress is attempting to pass a new funding bill which will extend the agency’s funding past the upcoming deadline, but there is a great deal of gridlock in Congress as it relates to Obama’s immigration reform.
The first stage of Obama’s plan is an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was slated to start Wednesday. It covers immigrants that entered the US as infants. If the immigrant has graduated from a high school in the US and has no criminal record, he/she may apply for a United States work permit.