Before you have that “courageous conversation” with the young foreign national who is working for you and who may or may not have authorization to work, remember that there are serious penalties for knowingly employing unauthorized workers. On August 15th , USCIS began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to the US.  View Full Post
On August 15, 2012, the same day that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications under the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order preventing the state of Arizona from issuing driver’s licenses and public benefits to young undocumented immigrants who receive deferred status and work authorization under the new program. View Full Post
On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced that DHS would exercise prosecutorial discretion for certain individuals who entered the US as children and meet other requirements.  Those who qualify would not be removed from the US, would be granted “deferred action” for 2 years, subject to renewal, and be granted employment authorization. View Full Post
Musing on Immigration Liberty: If I had a son, he'd look like a DREAMer Last week I ventured into an alternate reality. Like the child, Alice, descending through the rabbit hole, I engaged on immigration with Executive-Branch officials, immigration lawyers, members of Congress, including the indefatigable champion of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, their staffs, and a group of 7th and 8th graders advocating on the Hill for passage of the DREAM Act. View Full Post