Highlights of Obama's Announcement on Immigration:
- Deferred Action for the parents of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children (DAPA) who fit the eligibility requirements.
- Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to remove the age cap and move the continuous presence date up to January 1, 2010. DACA will now be granted for 3 years (including those with pending renewal applications).
- Expanding eligibility to apply for unlawful presence waivers from within the U.S. to spouses and children of lawful permanent residents and ensuring appropriate standards for adjudicating those waivers.Replacement of the controversial Secure Communities program with a "Priority Enforcement Program" program the details of which are still unclear.
- Ensuring that job-creating entrepreneurs have legal means to enter and operate in the U.S.
- Enabling families of individuals trying to enlist in the armed forces to utilize parole in place to ensure legal status.
- Changing the procedures for adjustment of status to allow legal immigrants caught in the immigration quota backlogs to register their applications and thus begin the final step of the process.
- Announcement of a new border security campaign and plan.