NewsFlash! President Outlines Immigration Plan, Includes H-4 EADs!20 Nov 2014
Tonight, President Barack Obama provided an overview of his plan for using his executive power to address various immigration-related concerns. The President will be providing undocumented foreign nationals who have been in the United States for at least five years and who meet certain additional requirements with the ability to temporarily live and work in the United States without fear of being removed (i.e. deported). Similarly, he plans to loosen some of the eligibility requirements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary benefits for qualifying undocumented foreign nationals who entered the U.S. as children.
President Obama stated that he “…will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy…” Although he did not elaborate on this during his speech, official reports explain that this will include the long-awaited implementation of rules to allow certain H-4 spouses to obtain employment authorization documents (EADs). He will also make it easier for H1B workers with approved immigrant petitions to move between sponsoring employers, and expand the options for individuals with U.S. STEM degrees.
This is welcome news for millions of those who will benefit from the President’s Executive Order and who have lived in the U.S. for years and worked hard, who are contributing to the U.S. and who will greatly benefit the U.S. economy. The President’s remarks are a testament to the fact that America is a nation of immigrants and immigrants are in its past, present, and future.
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