- Obama Prepares To Act on Immigration
- November 22, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
It appears President Obama is preparing to unveil a 10-part plan for immigration reform via executive action -- including suspending deportations for millions -- as early as next Friday, according to a report from FOX News.
The draft plan, obtained by FOX News, contains 10 initiatives that span everything from boosting border security to improving pay for immigration officers.
The most controversial part of the plan is what is known as "deferred action" for millions who are subject to deportation. The plan calls for expanding deferred action for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children -- but also for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
Under the changes, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (ICE) also would see a pay raise in order to "increase morale" within the ICE workforce.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also is planning to "promote" the new naturalization process by giving a 50 percent discount on the first 10,000 applicants who come forward, with the exception of those who have income levels above 200 percent of the poverty level.
Tech jobs through a State Department immigrant visa program would offer another half-million immigrants a path to citizenship. This would include their spouses as well.
The other measures include calls to revise removal priorities to target serious criminals for deportation and end the program known as "Secure Communities" and start a new program.