In a startling move given recent republican gains in Congress, President Obama announced he would take unilateral action to reform the United States' broken immigration process. In a live address to the nation on November 20, 2014, President Obama made his case for the needed remedies. Several elements comprise the President's plan that will go into effect over the next 6 months. These actions include"
1. Increase funding to add border patrol agents along the United States' southern border with Mexico.
2. Remove the upper age restriction for DACA applicants. No longer will an applicant need to be under age 31 if at the time of their entry into the United States the person was under the age of 16. Additionally he moved the date of entrry from 2007 to 2010.
3. Increase, from two years to three years, benefits granted under DACA.
4, Expand definition of Dreamers to include parents of U.S. citizen children.
5. Ease requirements for college graduates to stay and work in the U.S.
Focus will first be to increase protection along the U.S. / Mexico border. Expansion of the existing DACA program will follow in approximately 90 days according to Department of Homeland Security. Extension of DACA like benefits to the parents of U.S. citizen children will follow with application being accepted 180 days following the announcement.
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