On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his immigration executive actions. Particularly relevant to children in immigrant families are the President’s expanded deferred action programs. In addition to the proposed expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the President’s executive action also aims to offer temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for undocumented parents of U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident children through the Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA). While a federal court injunction is currently halting the implementation of the expanded DACA and DAPA programs, the Obama administration is taking steps to appeal this decision. The resources below provide more information on the President’s executive actions and the status of the proposed deferred action programs.
Fixing the System: President Obama is Taking Action on Immigration: (The White House, November 22, 2104) On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions, including initiatives that will expand the population eligible for DACA and allow parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request deferred action and employment authorization for a period of three years.
A Guide to the Immigration Accountability Executive Action: (American Immigration Council, November 2014) This guide provides an analysis of the different components of President’s Obama’s executive actions.
Fixing Our Broken Immigration System through Executive Action: Key Facts (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, November 2014) The Department of Homeland Security’s website provides links to all of the memoranda that President Obama issued as part of his immigration accountability executive action.
Multiple Resources Available Through the Administrative Relief Resource Center: The Administrative Relief Resource Center, a project of the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI), provides a wealth of information on administrative relief for practitioners and community members.
Frequently Asked Questions on DAPA & Expanded DACA: (National Immigration Law Center, November 2014) This resource provides detailed information for community members on who is eligible for the DAPA and expanded DACA programs, how individuals can request relief, how individuals can prove that they qualify for DAPA or DACA, and information for individuals with criminal records.
Digging Deeper Into Executive Action: A Further Examination of the Impacts: (Migration Policy Institute, December 3, 2014) This audio recorded webinar from the Migration Policy Institute provides information on the anticipated impact of President Obama’s executive action.
A Step Forward: Immigration Executive Action and Our Nation’s Children: (by Wendy Cervantes, First Focus, December 2014) This publication provides an analysis of the potential impact of President Obama’s executive actions on children and families.