Ep. 13 What is this Executive Action Going to Do?

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Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Thanks again for tuning in and I’m excited to bring in our second episode. Got some good feedback as we started this show.

I wanted to answer … The main first question that I’ve been getting is what is this executive action all about? What is this about? What is it going to do? And so before we get into … in our next series of questions we’re going to break it down further. But I just wanted to kind of explain what is this immigration accountability executive action that the president announced and we started our series with explaining the most common questions around this.

So the President announced most the efforts to change critical aspects of the immigration system as we know it. How we enforced the immigration laws, how we process immigration benefits, how we encourage further business innovation and how we welcome people to this country. [inaudible 00:01:24] the failure to reach a legislative solution that addresses the faith of people that are not authorized to be in this country.

So the President basically gave Department of Homeland Security the tools to expand its deferred action program that they already created before and he basically said that this is going to be expanded, deferred action, as well as creation of a new deferred action program called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, what we call DAPA.

So those are kind of the main two things that I think are going to be the … implemented first. As you know he announced this on November 20th but it’s going to take at least two to three months … about 90 days actually for anything to happen. But the first thing that are going to happen is the expansion of the deferred action for young child arrivals that he enacted about two years ago and creation of this new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program that will allow parents of US citizen children to stay in the United States and we’re going to cover this more in our next questions.

So this is actually one of my main questions right now. What is this executive action going to do? And this is some of the things that are happening.

The expanded use of deferred action is coupled with of course with enforcement measures as well but we’re going to see DACA expanded and DAPA created Deferred Action for Parental Accountability as the main two things that are going to come out of this thing. And it’s very exciting because this is something that has never happened before.

Now how are they going to be … Another question that is coming to my email and then the people on Facebook is, how are these measures are going to be implemented? Well, you know, there are several ways. For instance the President he signed two memos launching initiatives around integration and visa reform but other actions have been announced through memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security and other cabinets.

So the way they’re going to do it is … he has memos that he’s going to instruct as to what’s going to happen, when it’s going to happen and new enforcement policies in the memo. Other memos are going to direct agencies to explore, consider, draft and recommend policies in the next couple of years that are going to achieve exactly what he said.
So, just to keep in mind, initially once in 90 days deferred action will be implemented but all these other things that the President mentioned are going to come up probably in the next couple of years as new regulations are going to be announced.

So it’s all pretty exciting and hopefully you got some of these answers as to how it’s going to be implemented and what is this executive action all about initially.

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