Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Obama's Plan for Immigration Reform

The latest news on reforming the immigration laws is that President Obama is considering a plan to “parole or offer “deferred action” to the millions of people in the United States that are undocumented. Deferred action and parole are often used for emergency or humanitarian reasons. They are discretionary actions within the control of the executive branch. With the granting of deferred action, individuals are often permitted to apply for employment authorization. Eight Republican Senators have issued a statement to the president advising him that a deferred action or parole program would not be a good idea for the United States. As usual, the Senators agree that the immigration system needs to be fixed. They state that the borders need to be secured and the current laws need to be enforced. However, the Senators offer no realistic solutions of their own to deal with this complex problem.

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