President Obama’s Immigration Reform Proposal
President Obama announced recently that he is moving forward with executive actions to implement immigration reform in the United States. Immigration reform was a staple of Obama’s 2012 platform, and he is now taking extreme measures to get the job done after House Speaker John Boehner announced that the House is refusing to make a move on immigration legislation. With the number of immigrant deportations on the rise, Obama wants to offer a path to citizenship to illegal aliens among other reforms such as streamlining the immigration process and cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers.
Obama’s “common sense” immigration plan, as the White House calls it, can be boiled down to four components:
- Further strengthening the border
- Streamlining our immigration procedure
- Path to earned citizenship for illegal immigrants
- Preventing U.S. employers from hiring undocumented workers
Perhaps the two most striking components of President Obama’s immigration reform are steps two and three – streamlining immigration procedure and the path to earned citizenship.
As it is right now, even U.S. citizens have to wait years before their non-citizen family members can join them in the United States. It has also proved to be an extremely arduous process for students and businesspeople to come to the U.S. to further their educations and careers. There are many proposed changes to help streamline our immigration procedure, but some of the most notable include the proposal to allow more family-sponsored visas and proposal to create a startup visa for job-creating entrepreneurs.
The “path to earned citizenship” President Obama is referring to is laying out a step-by-step procedure with clearly defined instructions that will encourage immigrants to become citizens legally. The President believes that deporting all 11 million illegal immigrants is not practical. What is practical, he believes, is creating an earned citizenship program that includes a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, and learning English.
To learn more about President Obama’s immigration proposal, visit WhiteHouse.gov. If you want to live in the U.S. legally and are interested in pursuing citizenship, contact a New York City immigration attorney at Fisher Legal Group today.