The Law Offices of Daniel E. Chavez, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, would like to take the opportunity in our first of hopefully many blogs this year to wish a Happy New Year to one and all! For those who are tired of waiting for immigration reform it may turn out to be a happy new year after all. An Obama administration official recently said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke this week about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that the White House plans to push forward quickly on immigration reform.
Former Bay Area Immigration Attorney Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Expresses Hope
The timeframe is something to cheer about, as many immigration reform advocates have privately expressed fears that Obama's second term will be drowned out in seemingly unending showdowns by two opposing political forces. Former Bay Area Immigration Attorney Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who is leading the fight in Congress for comprehensive immigration reform, expressed hope that immigration reform would be able to get past partisan gridlock, arguing that the election was seen as something of a mandate for fixing the immigration system and Republicans won't be able to forget their post-election promises to work on a bill. "In the end, immigration reform is going to depend very much on whether Speaker [John] Boehner wants to do it or not," Lofgren said.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Dream Act
Advocates have vowed to keep pushing for immigration reform. As part of their efforts, they plan to remind Republican members of Congress about their presidential nominee's defeat among Latino and Asian voters, a majority of whom support a fix to the immigration system.
While immigration advocates await a comprehensive fix of our broken and unfair system we can be encouraged that the administration in August launched the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which has provided thousands of youth who entered the U.S. before age sixteen and have graduated from high school or are attending GED classes with a two year work permit that many believe will lead to something more permanent for them under the Dream Act.
For those who are interested in this, you should check out an important resource for DACA recipients entitled: “Life after DACA:
Obtaining a Social Security Number, Transferring Your Credit History, and Rescinding your ITIN.” LCLAA’s comprehensive guide for DACA- holders on how to obtain a social security number, transfer your credit history from your ITIN, and contact the IRS to rescind your ITIN Number includes template letters, step-by-step instructions and links to required forms. Just go to Life After DACA: Obtaining a Social Security Number, Transferring Your Credit History, and Rescinding your ITIN .
More Good News for 2013
Another piece of good news for 2013 after so many disappointments in Obama’s first term is that the administration has made a second move--the first was the DACA policy--to use its executive powers to revise immigration procedures without Congress passing a law. It will mean those who are married to U.S. citizens will be able to apply for the waiver, or “perdon” of the ten-year-bar INSIDE of the U.S. BEFORE leaving the United States for consular processing in places like Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. This policy, known as stateside processing, will hopefully ease the pain of long separations for a number of families. They will still have to prove extreme hardship for their spouse if they have to stay outside the country for ten years on the form I-601, but they will have the option of not leaving the U.S. until the waiver is conditionally approved in the U.S. If it is approved, then they will be able to leave with the assurance that they can come back soon. And if it were denied, they can get better assistance and reapply. In other words, they won’t have to gamble on whether their waiver will be approved or not. They can stay here until they are successful and then they can move on entering with a green card as a lawful permanent resident.
Finally, it is my New Year’s resolution to continue to share important links and information with you throughout the coming year. And if YOU have something to share on our common fight to fix our broken immigration system with everyone else, I’ll be happy to pass it along through this blog. Remember, Immigration works...it is who we are! Don’t give up the fight for your families’ rights! All the best from all of us to all of you in the coming year!
San Francisco Bay Area Immigration Lawyer
Daniel E. Chavez is a bay area California Immigration Attorney, located in Petaluma CA. Contact our Petaluma immigration lawyer online or call 707-775-4531 for a confidential consultation. We are available to meet with you weekdays, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and evenings and weekends upon request. Our office is located in historic downtown Petaluma.