Jody Mashek, Immigration Legal Services Director for AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, has worked with other immigration legal services providers in Iowa to create information that can be disseminated regarding President Obama's recent Executive Orders on immigration, as well as warnings about unscrupulous legal service providers and notarios. The group borrowed from www.adminrelief.org, a collaborative effort of many national immigration organizations which has emerged as the “go-to” website for this information.
President Obama’s Immigration Announcement
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions to address problems in our immigration system including an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program.
What is deferred action?
Under deferred action, the government will not place people who meet certain requirements into deportation proceedings. It is sort of like the government saying: “We know you are in the country without permission or lawful immigration status, and we could deport you, but we will postpone any action on deporting you.” It does not mean that a person with an approved deferred action request has legal immigration status, a visa or a green card. And it is not a path to citizenship. However, a person with deferred action is protected from deportation temporarily, and is eligible for a work permit.
What are these programs?
DACA and DAPA are immigration programs that allow those who qualify to stay in the United States and get permission to work for three years.