How to manage the U.S. border has been a contentious debate among lawmakers as of late. It is a significant issue since there are approximately 11 million or more immigrants currently living in the United States without proper documentation. Many of these undocumented immigrants have been residing in the country for years and some of them have lived in North Carolina and other states for decades. However, the White House is currently considering taking some action in order to address this issue.
One of the actions the White House is considering is expanding the program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program enables immigrants who were brought to the United States without documentation as children to remain in the country without having to fear being deported. It also allows them to submit applications for work permits after meeting specified criteria.
As of now there have been approximately 660,000 young individuals who have been accepted into the program. This equates to about 55 percent of the estimated 1.2 million individuals that were immediately eligible. Also, the White House is considering an expansion of the program designed to cover parents of American citizens or possibly even all undocumented parents. The Administration may also attempt to cover specifically undocumented immigrants in certain industries such as farming.
However, the White House has reportedly decided to delay any type of executive order until after the election season has ended. On the other hand, the White House has also stated it will still take some type of action by the end of the year yet it has not specified what type of action. Therefore, immigrants in North Carolina will want to pay close attention to the latest updates on actions the Administration is looking to make to implementing immigration laws in the country.
Source: CNN, "Obama delays immigration executive action", Cassie Spodak, Jim Acosta and Ralph Ellis, Sept. 7, 2014