The announcement from the Obama Administration today that it intends to grant deferred action to certain undocumented immigrants who were brought here by age 16 is a welcome announcement but does not go nearly far enough. The details of what the program entails are not clear yet and much remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that no path to a Green Card is offered! So while the program may offer employment authorization and a temporary respite from fear of deportation for 2 years (and perhaps longer), it does not solve the long-term problem of dreamers. That is, how to get legally recognized what they already feel and know they are – American.
And my fear is that once all of these young adults are registered with USCIS, if they don’t land up getting Green Cards, ICE may know just where to find them if the program ends. The devil is always in the details. So before you rush ahead to file anything, be sure to understand all of the potential consequences. Click here to make an appointment with Karyn Schiller for up-to-date advice and professional representation by an immigration attorney who cares.