I have always predicted that there will not be any kind of immigration reform and tonight I report to you that I am very pleased to have been wrong. Although the President did not share all of the details in his emotional address, I have an advance copy of what will be announced tomorrow and I am sharing these details with you tonight:
Most of the existing ICE memoranda on enforcement priorities will be replaced by a new memorandum focusing on three priorities: (1) suspected terrorists, convicted felons and gang members, and persons apprehended at the border; (2) persons convicted of serious misdemeanors and border crossers who entered after 1/1/2014; and (3) those who, after 1/1/14, failed to leave under a deportation order or returned after removal.
This will benefit about 4.4 million people. (1) Deferred Action for parents: parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been continuously present since 1/1/2010; (2) DACA expansion: The age cap on Daca will be removed and the date when continuous presence must have started will be moved from 6/15/07 to 1/1/10.
"Extreme hardship" will be clarified and waivers will be expanded to spouses and children of lawful permanent residents.
Adjustment of Status Timing:
By way off regulation, employment-based applicants who are caught in the quota backlog can apply for advanced adjustment of status and obtain the benefits of pending adjustment of status.
This will come in form of a Presidential memorandum and make more optimal use of visa numbers, recapture more visa numbers and possibly no longer count derivative applicants towards the visa numbers.
State & Local:
Secure Communities will be discontinued and ICE detainers could be replaced by requests for notifications to ICE.
Parole in Place:
Parole-in-place will be expanded to families of individuals trying to enlist in the armed forces because some branches ban applicants who have undocumented family members.
There you have it; this is what I know tonight. I will keep you posted!