"The Pew Research Center's recent study concluding that the number of Asian immigrants moving to the United States now exceeds the number of Latinos hardly seems surprising to me or many of my fellow immigration attorneys. My law firm, Wildes & Weinberg P.C., which has focused exclusively on United States immigration matters for more than 50 years, has seen a dramatic uptick in the number...
Prosecutorial Discretion Is Not Amnesty
"I have received many questions and requests for assistance in the wake of Pres. Obama's announcement on August 18, 2011 of prosecutorial discretion. Because it has been reported that employment authorization may also be provided, both pro and anti-immigrant voices have been clamoring about this benefit. Those in the U.S. in unlawful status want to apply for this 'work permit' while opponents are accusing the administration of a back door amnesty. Both are wrong.
It must be understood that there is no new law. Only Congress may enact or change the law, which must then be signed by the president. Such action has not occurred. The only thing that is different is a new policy. This policy is based on the discretionary authority that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have. This is nothing new. What is new is that specific guidelines have been provided in the June 17, 2011 memo from the John Morton, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detailing how the discretion to remove (formerly deport) or not remove a person from the U.S. will be applied. And the reason it has attracted so much attention is that the President made the announcement."
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