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Romney would not revoke visas given under deferred action program

Amplified by last night's debate, public attention towards the race for the presidency is increasing. Election Day is only a handful of weeks away, and immigration issues are certain to be some of the focal points of both candidates' campaigns. Voters in North Carolina may be interested to know that Mitt Romney has made a statement regarding President Obama's current deferred action program.

Romney said that if he were elected, he would not cancel the two-year visas already given to successful applicants. Those illegal immigrants who are approved under the program receive a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation and can earn a work visa. While Romney's statement may come as a comfort to some immigrants who have sought and obtained deferred action, it does leave some questions unanswered.

For example, Romney did not elaborate on whether he would cancel the program if elected, precluding other eligible immigrants from receiving deferred action. In addition, he did say what would happen to immigrants after their temporary two-year visas expire. Romney did assert, however, that he would have a "full immigration reform plan" in place before the first batch of visas' expiration date.

As we have mentioned in prior posts, the deferred action program was announced earlier this year and began accepting applications in August. A number of illegal immigrants who met the program's criteria have stepped forward and begun the process of obtaining the two-year visa.

The debate over the future of the deferred action program emphasizes the rapid changes that immigration law can experience in a relatively short period of time. Immigrants should pay close attention to changes in the law to discover how those alterations affect their ability to obtain visas and U.S. citizenship.

Source: ABC News, "Mitt Romney: I Will Not Deport Undocumented Immigrants Granted Deferred Action by Obama," Jordan Fabian, Oct. 1, 2012

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