The Irish Pastoral Centre welcomes the news that President Obama intends fulfilling his promise to grant relief to undocumented immigrants currently residing in the US. As of November 19th, 2014, reports in the media indicate positive news on an executive action is expected Thursday night at 8pm. According to press reports, such an action could include the following areas of relief:
- An executive action that proposes to allow many parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents and no longer worry about being discovered, separated from their families and sent away.
- The White House is also reported to be considering a stricter policy that would limit the benefits to people who have lived in the country for at least 10 years, or about 2.5 million people. (Some reports have also indicated the relief being granted for those here at least 5 years.)
- Extending protections to more undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, and to their parents, could affect an additional 1 million or more if they are included in the final plan that the president announces.
We want to remind readers that this is not law yet and what we are reporting is data which has been published in the mainstream media. Even after we see an executive action, there will be an application process, and it could be months before employment cards are issued to eligible immigrants. Immigrants are always warned to seek advice before applying for any immigration benefit.