Dream Act

Economic Impacts of Passing the DREAM Act

Since 2001, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM Act, has been stagnating in Congress. Essentially, this bill would grant conditional permanent residency to eligible immigrants of good moral character, who graduate from U.S. high schools and have lived in the U.S. for 5 continuous years prior to the bill’s enactment, contingent on the requirement that they attend college or join the military.

Rather than examine the DREAM Act from an ideological perspective, this article will explore the economics of the DREAM Act; both the benefits in economic growth, as well as the overall cost of passing this controversial piece of legislation. Using data collected by the Congressional Budget Office, The Center for American Progress, and the North American Integration and Development Center (NAID) at UCLA, this article will highlight the positives and the negative aspects regarding the economic impact of this bill.

Enacting the DREAM Act would have three major positive effects on the economy.… Continue reading...

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Obama’s Executive Action for Undocumented Adults

Obama's executive action for undocumented parents

The DAPA executive order expands deferred action to parents of US Citizens and Lawful permanent residents that have been in the United States since January 1, 2010.

Similar to the DACA process, DAPA will require the Applicant to show evidence of their entry in the US, their continuous presence in the US, the parent child relationship with the US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) child.

Eliminating Age Requirement of DACA

Previously deferred action was available to children that were brought to the United States prior to their 16th birthday along with specific age requirements and are under 31 years of age, which uses the acronym DACA.  The new executive order for DACA eliminates the age requirement.  The broader eligibility requirements should make more undocumented immigrants that entered the United States either illegally or overstayed a visa eligible for deferred action.

Pro’s and Con’s of DACA and DAPA

The primary benefit of deferred action is lowering the risk of being deported and gaining employment authorization.  Deferred action is extended to a term of 3 years as opposed to the previously granted two years.  The downside of deferred action is it does not provide immigration status such as permanent residence or naturalization.  To see if you are eligible for DACA or DAPA, please visit our Deferred Action page here.… Continue reading...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update: Good ideas, Bad Numbers?

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform is potentially here.  We have news that on Tuesday April 16, the Senate Gang of Eight will unveil their Immigration Bill.  There is also talk that the House of Representatives have a comprehensive immigration reform bill that they would like to propose.  President Obama also proposed a plan.  We really don’t know the details of each plan other than leaks to media.

Immigration Reform: What are the numbers? 

My greatest concern is not learning from the past.  As repeated in numerous articles in the past, one of the main contributors to the current immigration problem were arbitrary caps and inadequate visa categories.  Arbitrary caps on green cards (preference family members), H1B visas, and Employment Based Green Cards has caused a complete mess in the system.  For instance, the H1B filing season for Fiscal Year 2014 just began on April 1 and the arbitrary cap numbers were filled on April 5.  There were 124,000 petitions received in the first 5 days of April for the available 65,000 Bachelor’s Cap and 20,000 US Master’s Cap visas allotted by Congress each year.… Continue reading...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013: Fight or flight?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013 - Chicago Immigration Lawyer

The Immigration Reform 2013 debate, or rather “fight” is forming its foundation after having been lingering as a broken system for years.  This lingering has unfortunately been the cause of politics as opposed to doing what’s right for the country.  There have been repeated attempts to fix the system but unfortunately a lack of follow through by Congress.  No example makes this clearer than the frequent attempts by President George W Bush to repair the broken immigration system during his eight years as President.

Immigration Reform under Bush’s Presidency

President Bush attempted to secure the borders, create a guest worker program, add more H1B visas, and most notably pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  Love his politics or hate his politics, he at least tried to address the problems but ultimately failed at each attempt by the resistance in Congress.  For a list of some of President Bush’s speeches on Immigration, Ontheissues.org has compiled quotes from President Bush’s speeches regarding Immigration seen in this link.… Continue reading...

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Deferred Action Process for Childhood Arrivals

On August 3, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released details regarding the latest deferred action process for childhood arrivals.  This announcement, along with the FAQs provides information regarding the eligibility and process of the deferred action application.  As discussed in our previous blog post, you may consider filing for a deferred action if you:

  1. were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. came to the U.S. before turning 16 years old;
  3. have continuously lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or your unlawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  6. are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  7. have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
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