President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty could provide legal status to 1.6 million people living in California, according to new estimates. Expected eligible illegal aliens could gain quasi-legal status under an anticipated expansion of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), along with a new deferred action program.
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) estimates that approximately 5.2 million individuals illegally present in the United States could be granted legal status under Obama’s anticipated action. MPI’s new report states, “The potential DACA changes would reportedly eliminate the age cutoff (currently applicants must be under age 31) and move forward DACA’s U.S. residency requirement from 2007 to 2010.”
Obtaining a driver’s license was cited by MPI among benefits to be granted to eligible foreign nationals; however, under California’s coming 2015 policy, illegal aliens will have the ability to obtain a license regardless of Obama’s action. Earlier this month Breitbart News reported that approximately 1.4 million illegal aliens will be eligible to obtain licenses beginning January 1, 2015. California is reportedly the 11th state to offer such licenses.
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) noted Thursday that President Obama’s announcement coincides with Mexico’s Mexican Revolution and Civil War Day, comparing the day to America’s 4th of July. “Obama is making a powerful and dangerous symbolic declaration to large Spanish media audiences today comparing his new immigration orders to the violent Mexican revolution and civil war!” ALIPAC President William Gheen said.
A statement from ALIPAC also noted that Spanish language media corporation Univision will carry Obama’s speech “in the USA, Central and South America, and around the Globe.”
Also Thursday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced provision of Temporary Protected Status and work eligibility to nationals of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the Ebola crisis. Applicants must be “continuously residing” in the United States since Nov. 20, 2014 and “continuously physically present in” the United States since Nov. 21, 2014,” according to a November 20 USCIS release.
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