As a political blogger, I am always following the news and other media outlets to see what’s going on with the United States government. The recent political climate has generated serious changes for people of the United States. Of all the political areas that I have been recently following, no area has experienced the drastic changes like the area of immigration.
United States immigration law is controlled by several major laws and court decisions. As a political blogger, my knowledge of the specifics of immigration law was limited. To expand my knowledge, I decided to do a little research. I came across and clear and thorough article.
The article emphasized that understanding of the changes to immigration laws is the best way to put a potential-citizen on the path to citizenship. It then explained two significant changes in immigration law: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
DACA is a program that allows some individuals that were brought to the United States illegally as children to potentially defer deportation action and become an eligible worker in the United States. DACA does not provide the path to citizenship, but it is a way to keep individuals in the United States. Research has shown that DACA reduced the number of unauthorized immigrant households living in poverty. However, the article explained that in September 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would end DACA. However, some active court cases are currently and possibly temporarily keeping the program afloat for eligible individuals. The point of the article concerning DACA was that the program is almost always changing. It is hard to keep up with the changes, but it is important to be aware of the changes to effectively apply for the program.
Temporary Protected Status is a type of immigration relief that is given to individuals from carefully selected countries. A country is determined to be TPS by the Secretary of Homeland Security. If a nation is granted TPS, it is likely unsafe for immigrants to return to the country, or the country is in a state such that it is unable to handle the return of its people. A country is typically given TPS if the following exists: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, epidemic, and other extraordinary circumstances. Basically, individuals in the United States from the TPS country cannot be deported from the United States and may be eligible to work. The article explained how the TPS program has been subject to much scrutiny in the current political climate, and how certain countries have been stripped of their status in the program.
Again, there have been sweeping changes in immigration law. This area of policy seems like it will be under constant transformation. I will try to keep this blog updated with any ongoing developments in this area. Knowledge of these changes is crucial for those adversely affected.