Obama’s 10 point immigration plan is likely to be unveiled as early as next week. The President is planning to overhaul the U.S. immigration policy through executive orders. This plan aims at strengthening border security and suspending deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants. He is likely to unveil his plan on November 21, according to Fox News.
Obama’s plan, that was found in a draft proposal from a U.S. government agency, contains ten key points, from improving border security to increasing pay for immigration officers. Here are some initiatives contained in the draft proposal:
- The most important point is the one that pertains to the undocumented immigrants living in the country. Under the new plans, many of those immigrants would get a reprieve from deportation under “deferred action.” His immigration plan would expand deferred action for the parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders. If his plan is implemented, more than 4.5 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders would be benefited. Those who receive deferred action will also receive work permits, Social Security numbers, and government-issued IDs.
- The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, that currently allows those who entered the U.S. before they turned 16 and prior to June 2007 to apply for a reprieve from deportation, would be expanded. Those who entered the country before January 1, 2010, would be allowed to apply for deferred action status under the DACA program and this, in turn, would benefit more than 300,000 undocumented youth.
- This new immigration plan will result in an increase in pay for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
- A new naturalization process, that would grant 50 percent discount to the first 10,000 applicants whose income levels are low and who come forward to apply for naturalization, would be promoted by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- Under the DHS’ immigrant visa program for tech workers, more than 500,000 tech workers and their husbands or wives would be put on a path to U.S. citizenship.
- The Secure Communities program would be ended and a new program that would target undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes for deportation would be implemented.
President Obama has come with these plans as the immigrant advocates are urging him to act.