President Obama’s Immigration Order: Putting It into Action
After years of pressure from immigrant workers, communities, and unions like the UFCW, President Obama took action to provide relief. This will directly impact up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.
UFCW Local 2013 can connect you with experts to help determine whether you and your family are eligible to achieve legal status. We are committed to making sure that when the process officially begins, UFCW members are first in line.
Many people will offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so and some of them are out to rip you off.
Local 2013 had an expert immigration lawyer explain the president’s action at December’s membership meeting, and partnered with Make the Road NY to conduct a Long Island workshop in February. The local will continue to make sure you have the best resources available.
What the Executive Action Does
The executive action provides relief to the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, also known as Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA).
If you are one of these parents, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible to work legally and be protected from deportation:
• Live in the U.S. since January 1, 2010
• Pass a background check
• Pay a $465 application fee
The president’s action also removes the age limit for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. No matter your age, if you came to the U.S. prior to turning 16 years old and have been here since January 1, 2010, you are eligible to work legally and be protected from deportation. Start gathering documents now that provide evidence of your childhood arrival.
A recent legal decision will temporarily stop applications, but it will not prevent the relief millions of our families need.
Important information will be coming in the months ahead. In the meantime, do not discuss your immigration status with your employer. Our local union is the best resource in this process.
More Needed for Real Reform
The Obama administration’s decision to change the policy of mass deportations is a good step, but it is just the first step. Millions of people are still subject to deportation and much tougher enforcement.
To win true reform, we need to change both anti-worker immigration law and anti-union trade policy. That way we address the reasons why people migrate, and lift the living standards for migrants and all working people.