Talk Radio News Service reports that earlier this week immigration reform activists delivered 6,000 letters to 60 House Republican lawmakers from children of individuals who have been deported or face deportation from the U.S.
Last year USCIS created a program to allow young undocumented individuals the ability to request Deferred Action and two-year work authorization. The program has seen success, but reports show that of the people who are eligible, only about half have applied. Proponents of immigration reform home that a new law (the Senate's version is what many hope for) will enable the parents of these children to gain what may be called Provision Resident Status, which could lead to Permanent Resident Status and perhaps U.S. citizenship if certain eligibility criteria are met for a number of years.
Brandon Gillin is an immigration lawyer with Genesis Law Firm, PLLC in Everett, Washington.