Gov. heineman reaction on president obama's deferred action program


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Gov. heineman reaction on president obama's deferred action program

  1. 1. Gov. Heineman Reaction on President Obamas Deferred Action ProgramThe deferred action process that was implemented by President Obamas administration, willbe administered by the US Department of Homeland Security. Removal of many eligibleundocumented immigrants from the United States may be deferred through this process.According to the USCIS, an undocumented immigrant in the United States, who satisfies theeligibility requirements for deferred action may file Form I-821D, Consideration of DeferredAction for Childhood Arrivals, to request deferred action. The deferred action policy is a kindof prosecutorial discretion and it will defer the deportation of certain undocumentedimmigrants, without granting them any legal status. This process will also grant the recipientsof deferred action, employment authorization and will allow them to work and reside in theUnited States for a period of two years.Though the process is accepted by many, few American states, such as Nebraska andArizona are against this process. After the deferred action process was implemented, ArizonaGov. Jan Brewer announced that Arizona will grant no state benefits to the recipients ofdeferred action. Following the announcement from Gov. Jan Brewer, Nebraska Gov. DaveHeineman stated that the undocumented immigrants who receive deferred action will notreceive drivers licenses and other benefits from the state. Nebraska which has joined withArizona, is opposing the deferred action program and also opposes legal status forundocumented immigrants. There are around 10,000 undocumented immigrants who areeligible to receive deferred action, in Arizona and Nebraska.Around 1.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States are likely to becomeeligible to receive deferred action. They will also become eligible to receive work permits anddrivers licenses in the United States. Applicants who are not more than 31 years of age andapplicants above age 15 are eligible to receive these benefits, if they are found to be eligibleto receive deferred action, provided that they do not have criminal records and satisfy the keycriteria for deferred action. Such eligible applicants may file Form I-821D to request deferredaction. As soon as the application forms for deferred action process were published by theUSCIS, thousands of undocumented immigrants lined up to request consideration fordeferred action. However, many Latino groups have a notion that the information that theyprovide may be used by the immigration authorities to identify and deport their families.The announcements from Gov. Jan Brewer and Gov. Dave Heineman, appear to challengethe federal law, which states that the undocumented immigrants may receive drivers licenses,if they are granted deferred action. The announcements from the governors are likely toweaken Obamas deferred action policy. Many undocumented immigrants in the United Statesalso have a doubt whether the process will go on, even if Mitt Romney wins the presidentialelection this year. The disputation over the deferred action policy may become intense andwill continue, following the moves of Gov. Jan Brewer and Gov. Dave Heineman. Eligibleundocumented immigrants in Nebraska and Arizona may file Form I-821D, with the USCIS torequest deferred action, though Arizona and Nebraska had announced that state benefits willnot be conferred to the deferred action recipients.