HOW CAN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION HELP ME?
President Obama’s executive action on immigration has made headlines since it was announced on November 20, 2014. I have been connected to the Maryland immigrant community since law school when I began teaching English as a Second Language (ESOL) well before I opened my own law practice in Towson.
Most of my students are among the 70% of immigrants in the U.S. that are naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents, or temporary legal residents. But those of my students who are undocumented are in a particularly vulnerable position– they live in fear that their next move will lead to the government discovering their illegal status.
Obama’s executive action will defer deportation for as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants. The immigration initiatives include implementing Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) as well as expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that benefits immigrants who came to the U.S. before turning 16.
Those who are approved for DAPA and the expanded DACA programs can apply for work authorization, receive a Social Security number, and travel anywhere in the United States without fear of deportation. Individual states can decide if recipients will be eligible to receive driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, and professional licenses.
This is an exciting time in immigration law. My office can assist immigration clients living in any part of the country. If you think you may be eligible for DAPA or DACA, contact my office now to start working on your application. Click here to view my rates for DACA and DAPA.