President Obama announced on November 20, 2014 an executive action on immigration that would allow the parents of US citizens to obtain Deferred Action and Employment Authorization. Obama also announced an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A lawsuit filed in federal court currently prevents DAPA and expanded DACA from going into affect. This court decision does not affect DACA as announced by Obama in 2012. DACA remains in effect and eligible applicants can continue to file and renew their DACA and work permits.

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  1. Some of the key elements of the announcement include:
    Deferred Action for Parents of US citizens and LPRs
    Requirements include:
    a.   Continuous presence since Jan 1, 2010
    b.   No serious criminal record
  2. Expansion of DACA (DREAMers)
    New Changes:
    a.   Date of presence moved to Jan 1, 2010
    b.   No age cap
    c.    Granted for 3 years as of Nov 24, 2014
  3. Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
  4. A reaffirmation of prosecutorial discretion that ICE must use in order to prioritize the deportation of immigrants with criminal backgrounds and not those of hardworking, valuable members of our community.

5695109By Jim Avila, ABC News
In a rare primetime nationally televised address, President Obama tonight will unveil the most sweeping executive action on immigration in decades. He plans to circumvent Congress and extend legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, boost visas for valuable high-skilled workers, and strengthen security along the Southwest border.

"Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken, unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long," Obama said in a video message posted to Facebook.

Who gets relief, and who doesn’t, under Obama's plan? How will immigration enforcement change inside the country and along the border? And what will the immediate impact be on families, businesses and communities? Here's everything you need to know:

The Announcement
President Obama will speak live at 8 p.m. ET from the East Room of the White House. On Friday, he will travel to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas to further detail his plans and rally supporters. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, will also attend, officials said. The school is the same place where Obama announced a second-term push for immigration reform in Jan. 2013.

The Action
The White House says Obama will “maximize the use of his authority" to extend temporary legal status to more than 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Who Gets Relief?

  • 4.1 million undocumented parents and families of U.S. citizens who have been in country more than 5 years with no criminal record.
  • 300,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, so-called Dreamers, will be newly eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Current age limits for the program will be dropped, sources say.
  • 400,000 highly-skilled workers will be eligible for visas.
  • Some other smaller categories for relief will bring the number affected above 5 million.


Stay tuned for more information or see the ABC News article: Everything you need to know about Obama's Immigration Announcement.