While the press and the public focuses on the titanic battle between Congress and the President as to his Executive power and directives that might impact the status of millions of undocumented aliens, the business community is parsing through the series of initiatives that the President has proposed to assist in legal immigration and unfortunately, does not find very much there.
In the days since President Barack Obama announced his decision to take executive action on certain immigration policies, there will likely be an increase in scams targeting those who are interested in avoiding deportation under the new plan.
Most companies will be impacted by the immigration initiatives announced by the White House this week. It will take up to several months for the initiatives to be implemented in order to give the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) time to ramp up. And some of the initiatives are aspirational in nature so the end result and timing is unclear at this time.
By virtue of President Obama’s executive action, there will be more potential work-authorized employees to hire. The executive action increased the number of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries, who are eligible for employment authorization if they file a petition and receive an Employment Authorization Document I-766.
On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directing the agencies to take action on the president’s announcements.