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Deportation

More than 50,000 applications have been received and approved by USCIS for the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Program, better known as DACA.According to government figures, 53.273 requests had been approved under the program that started in August of this year and enabled defer deportations of young people who qualify.Deferred ActionIn three and a half years about 1. 5 million people were deported, something that never happened during the Bush Administration unlike President Obama's Administration who never presented a specific project or supported immigration reform in Congress as did Bush in 2006 -2007.

Deferred Action Reform

On June 15th the Obama administration announced its deferred action program to allow undocumented young adults who came here before the age16 and who meet certain requirements to remain in the country legally for the next two years.Fortunately, the political moment is increasingly favorable for comprehensive reform. The Republican Party has realized that it has to change its tune when it comes to immigration policy. On Sunday, Republican strategists Carlos Gutierrez and Charles Spies announced the formation of a new Super PAC, Republicans for Immigration Reform.deferred actionNow that it's not only Latinos and other immigrants who support the Obama Administration's policy of offering deferred deportation to the undocumented youth, immigration reform is well underway. To speak with one of our experience Deferred Action Attorneys call (212) 944-9072 or click here to schedule a consultation.

Immigrants In America

The origin of Thanksgiving Day began in 1621. The governor of the colony of Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts, brought together members of the new colony and asked them to thank God for having survived the winter due to the fact that only half of the pilgrims survived winter. The governor invited the natives of the area to have dinner with the pilgrims. Pilgrims survived thanks to the solidarity of the natives.Immigrants Celebrate ThanksgivingImmigrants today should be welcomed like pilgrims were who were seeking religious freedom and a new life. A new life that allowed them to find happiness for themselves and their families. Many immigrants do not always live the positive experience that the English Pilgrims lived.Immigrants Celebrate ThanksgivingThe history of this country is founded on the immigrant experience. Since the arrival of the pilgrims to the new generations of immigrants arriving from Latin America and Asia, the history of work that has raised the fundamental pillars of this country is based on immigrant's effort. Therefore, they deserve to be welcomed.On Thursday, thousands of immigrants celebrate this holiday with family gatherings in their homes where they will prepare a feast and give a prayer of thanks to God. If you need assistance with your immigration case and would like a free evaluation of your case or for a family member, please call (212) 944-9420. Our attorneys are there for you.

Obama On Immigration

Republicans sustained a catastrophic blow from the election results. Now they have decided to support immigration reform. Having opposed any law to favor the undocumented, the Republican candidate, Romney, after he opposed the Dream Act decided that he would support it. Unfortunately for the Republicans it was too little too late. The Latino community didn’t trust the conservatives anymore and they gave the President the preponderance of their vote. This tipped the election in eleven undecided States over to Barack Obama that resulted in his reelection.

Immigration Reform Support

Indocumentados y la inmigracionJohn Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, changed his tune as well. Before he was against any immigration reform; now he’s in favor of it. The Republican Party is so upset at the loss of the majority of the Latino vote, the black, women and the young that today the Republicans fear slipping into the status of a permanent minority party. The President won 72% of the Latino vote, only 28% voted for Romney. The Republican conservatives have figured out that they can’t win a national plebiscite without Latinos, women, blacks and the young. The result is that immigration reform will be front and center for Democrats as well as Republicans.

Democratic Immigration Reform

Immigration ReformWhen the President announced his victory after the election, he promised in the coming weeks and months to fix the broken immigration system. The problem of 11 million illegal aliens is the elephant in the room. Latino organizations, businesses and agricultural groups will all hold the President and the Republicans’ feet to the fire to reframe the immigration dilemma by an amnesty. In the polls 65% of all voters favor legal states now for the undocumented; only 28% said they should be deported.Click Here to schedule a private consultation to speak with one of our Immigration Attorneys.

Obama On Immigrants

President Obama can thank the Hispanic Vote community for contributing to his reelection. Seventy three percent (73%) of Latinos voted for Obama; Romney’s share was only 27%. Romney’s brazen admonition to Spanish immigrants that he would worsen their lives in the U.S. to encourage them to self deport was not forgotten. The President promised to reform immigration law. This will be eagerly awaited.Exit polls taken after people voted, indicated two thirds of voters said that undocumented workers should have a chance to apply for legal status. And many States are now saying that they will provide in-state college tuition for undocumented students.

Hispanic Vote Growth

Hispanic voteThe Republican Party is now reconsidering its positions respecting Latino voters. The increased disaffection of Latinos with the Republican Party resulted in the loss of eleven out of 12 swing states and thereby the defeat of Romney for the Presidency. Some conservatives like Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, warned Romney that he had to do more for the Latino community. But to win the nomination Romney had to convince the Republican right wing that he was solidly in their camp. This brought Romney to say he would make it miserable for Latino immigrants here so they would choose self-deportation.While the proportion of white male voters has declined, the Latinos share of the Hispanic vote has surged. The Republicans are now saying that they misunderstood what was happening in the country and now the Republicans have admitted that they need to strive to include more Latinos into their base or else they will become permanently a minority party. Constant talk about protecting the borders isn’t helping them. They need to pay attention immediately in dealing with legitimating the 12 million undocumented here.

Hispanic Vote Surge

hispanic votePresident Obama in the 2012 election won an even larger share of the Hispanic vote than he did in the election of 2008. Ten percent of the nationwide electorate is now Hispanic. If the Republicans don’t pay attention to these statistics, they will perish. Romney first opposed the Dream Act and then after Barack Obama by executive order granted it, and when it became apparent it was successful, Romney supported it. The Spanish community felt after that they could not trust Romney. The Spanish community values church and family orientation and hard work. They want a share of the good life too and are sensitive to prejudice against persons with darker skins. They dislike favoritism of rich over poor. They want their children to be educated and have a promising future. Unless the Republican Party turns around to become helpful and cooperative in programs to allow these values to succeed, the Republican Party will shrink and die.
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