In an effort to solve the recent immigration crisis in the country, President Barrack Obama has offered deportation reprieves to a number of immigrants who fit within a set criteria. This immigration offer allows some immigrants to continue pursuing American citizenship, and helps many more with valuable time to figure out their next steps.
The immigration offer has strict parameters. For instance, an immigrant mother who gave birth to a child before Thursday, November 20 is eligible for the offer – but a mother who gave birth after that date is not. These types of qualifications may serve to deter more immigrants from entering the country illegally or under any questionable circumstances. In addition, it may dissuade some women already in the U.S. from attempting to give birth, just to receive a deferral.
In order for mothers to take advantage of Obama’s immigration reprieve, they must have given birth to a child before November 21. The child must be a legal, permanent resident of the United States. The mother must have lived in the United States continuously since before January 1, 2010 – and must have been in the United States on/before November 20, 2014.
For other immigrants to receive a reprieve, they must have been brought to the United States as a child before Jan 1, 2010, and have been younger than 16 years of age at the time they entered the country. They must be a student, have received a GED or diploma, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the armed forces.
Any immigrants who have committed a significant crime are not eligible to utilize the immigration offer. Any who have posed a significant threat to national security are also ineligible.
Obama’s current immigration plan is likely to help discourage some from entering the country and help a few of those who can use it to figure out how they can become permanent, legal residents. However, the immigration crisis in the country is far from solved. This is only a temporary fix which only covers a small portion of those who have already immigrated to this country.