There are countless undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Many have children who were born in this country and are legal American citizens. Under the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Obama, undocumented immigrants with children born in the United States are eligible to receive temporary protections and work permits. But there may be some important changes coming soon that will affect many people who are hoping to stay in the country.
As expected, immigration was a hot button topic during the recent presidential election. When the votes were counted, Americans made their views loud and clear. Donald Trump will be entering the White House with a Republican majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives. While Trump made it clear he is in favor of undoing DACA, which would result in the deportation of thousands. There seems to be differing opinions among Republicans on how to handle the sensitive issue of deporting undocumented immigrants. Perhaps the most powerful is House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Recently, Ryan appeared on a CNN town hall meeting and provided his views on undocumented immigrants. During the program, Ryan was asked a question from a young woman who identified herself as a DACA recipient with a young daughter born in the United States. She tearfully voiced her concern to Ryan about whether she would be deported and ultimately separated from daughter. Ryan’s response was reassuring.
“I can see you love your daughter,” Ryan said. “You are a nice person who has a great future ahead of you and I hope your future is here.”
During the program, CNN town hall host Jake Tapper pointed out that President Elect Trump had made promises of establishing a “deportation force” to round up more than 11 million undocumented immigrants. Ryan appeared to sharply disagree with Trump’s proposal. “I’m here to tell you in Congress, it’s not happening.” According to Ryan, Trump has approached Congress to focus on two key immigration issues–securing the border and deporting violent and repeat criminals.
Since 2012, there have been 700,000 undocumented immigrants that have received extended work permits and temporary deportation protection through DACA. However, Trump maintains that Obama’s executive orders concerning DACA are unconstitutional because he did not get congressional approval. Countless immigrants throughout the United States, including Utah, will be paying close attention to see how Trump and Congress will work together about this very important issue.
Why You Need a Salt Lake City Visa Attorney
Immigration law is extremely complex. Many of these laws are either changing or new legislation is added. It can be challenging for even the most experienced legal professional to keep track. Whether you are trying to obtain a work visa, green card or citizenship in Utah, it is crucial to have an experienced Salt Lake City immigration attorney on your side with a track record of protecting the rights of each client and looking out for their best interests. Employment visa attorney Gloria Cardenas brings 26 years of experience helping men and women resolve their immigration issues and obtain the proper documentation to work and live in the United States. To learn more on how she can help, contact her legal team at Familia America to schedule a consultation.