Nearly 4,600 young undocumented immigrants have been granted temporary permission to live and work in the United States, according to statistics released today from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Just under 180,000 requests have been accepted for processing through the program, which halts deportations for qualifying DREAMers and allows them to apply for work permits. The statistics run from the start of the program on August 15 until October 10.
The newest numbers show a sharp jump in acceptances since the first round of statistics were released last month. During the first month, only 29 requests were approved, with more than 82,000 DREAMers accepted for processing.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants who were allowed to stay in the U.S. because of a decision by President Barack Obama.
Romney told The Denver Post, in an interview appearing in Tuesday’s edition, that people who are able to earn the two-year visas to stay and work wouldn’t see them revoked under a Romney administration.
“The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased,” Romney told the Post, promising to put a comprehensive immigration reform plan into place before those visas expire.
What is it like to submit one’s fingerprints to the government after spending a lifetime in the shadows? Tens of thousands of young undocumented immigrants around the country are finding out as the move through the approval process for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status under a new policy the Obama administration established this summer.
Submitting fingerprints and having one’s photograph taken at a government office is the last step before applicants learn whether they will be approved. If they are, they’ll get a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation, and the opportunity to work legally in this country.
One applicant in the final stage of the process is Ivan Ceja, a 20-year-old Long Beach City College student. He submitted his application for deferred action on Aug. 15, the first day it was possible. A few days ago, his mother drove him from their home in Compton to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration office in Gardena, where he had his fingerprints scanned.
Univision’s Jorge Ramos has earned our attention. As Politico’s Dylan Byers noted last week, Ramos, “delivered one of the toughest grillings President Barack Obama has had to face during the 2012 campaign, especially on the issue of immigration.”
After last week’s interview with the president, Ramos was invited on the “Roundtable” for ABC News’ Week,” where he did a terrific job of explaining why – despite President Obama’s many failings — most Latinos are sticking with him:
What happens is that, even though Latinos do care about jobs and education and healthcare — immigration is a symbolic issue. It’s personal for us. More than 50 percent of all Latinos were born outside the United States [among those] over eighteen years of age and older.
I can’t wrap my head around it. Why in the world did the President deny deferred actioners coverage under the Affordable Care Act? It’s puzzling from the legal standpoint; as a result of the President’s executive order the presence of deferred actioners is no longer considered unlawful and lawful aliens are covered under the ACA. However, it’s even more puzzling from the political standpoint. By denying this coverage President Obama wasn’t going to win the support of any new folks but has instead further frustrated Latinos.
In June the White House boisterously announced that it would allow undocumented immigrants who met certain criteria to remain in the country. The deferred action program allows immigrants to shed their unlawful status. But here is where things get confusing, the deferred action program does not grant lawful status but it does suspend one’s presence from being unlawful, or as the definition from the Department of Homeland Security reads:
“Deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual. In addition, although an individual whose case is deferred will not be considered to be accruing unlawful presence in the United States during the period deferred action is in effect, deferred action does not excuse individuals of any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence.”
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday attempted to explain his controversial “47 percent” comments, saying he may campaign toward specific groups, but would focus as president on the entire nation.
“My campaign is about the 100 percent of America, and I’m concerned about them,” he told Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas at Univision’s “Meet the Candidate” forum, co-hosted by Facebook at the University of Miami.
“I know I’m not going to get 100 percent of the vote, and my campaign will focus on those people we can think we can bring in to support me,” he continued. “But this is a campaign about helping people that need help.”
The crowd booed when Ramos asked Romney about his comments on self-deportation. “I have some friends, apparently,” Romney joked.
While Mitt Romney was delivering his address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Congress convention in Los Angeles Monday afternoon, a group of protesters wanted to shine the spotlight on the Republican presidential candidate’s positions on immigration.
About 50 demonstrators gathered outside the L.A. Convention Center and marched up Figueroa Street toward the J.W. Marriott where Romney highlighted his economic plan to help small-business owners and chastised President Barack Obama for politicizing the immigration issue. Protesters chanted “Veto Romney,” while some wore graduation gowns to show support for the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide conditional permanent residency to undocumented immigrants, but has stalled in the Republican-controlled House.
This is a beautiful post from the forum. Full of very helpful information on what to expect with the actual pictures of the notifications you will receive.