South Carolina residents may be interested in a new report about what President Obama is prepared to do if federal courts continue attempting to block his immigration executive orders issued in 2014. Reportedly, a document drafted by the Department of Homeland Security that outlined those plans was recently leaked to the media.
According to sources, the DHS reportedly outlined four separate options that the Obama administration might use in order to work around judicial blocks to his executive orders. One outlined option in the leaked memorandum involves the administration providing all people in the U.S. with employment authorizations to work, regardless of their immigration status. This would include those who are in the country illegally.
Another option listed is to provide only those who are in the U.S. on unexpired non-immigrant visas with the employment authorization documents. The sources do not indicate what the final two options being floated are. The memorandum was reportedly prepared following a DHS retreat. The memo follows the February 2015 action of a Texas judge who blocked implementation of the President's executive orders. The administration currently is appealing that decision, and it is currently under review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in Louisiana.
As this demonstrates, immigration law and the direction it will go is highly political and constant under flux. People who want to gain legal status and to get their green cards may want to speak with an immigration and naturalization attorney. Legal counsel may be able to help clients secure the type of employment visa that will allow them to live and work in the United States. The attorney may also be able to help certain immigrants apply for and receive approval for their green cards.