Executive Action! President Obama’s Immigration Plan
Yesterday evening (November 20, 2014), President Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration. In the national speech, the president outlined three areas of focus the executive action is geared to address:
- Increase Border Security: Provide additional resources for law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings and speed the return of those who do cross over.
- Enable Economic Contribution: Allow for easier and faster means for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to the economy.
- Address Undocumented Immigrants: Take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in the country.
So, what does it mean?
Ultimately, the executive action will provide relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants who meet specific conditions. The action would provide relief for:
- Individuals who have been in the United States for more than 5 years;
- Have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident child;
- Pass a criminal background check; and,
- Pay their taxes.
Those individuals meeting the criteria will now have the ability to apply to stay in the country temporarily without fear of deportation. From an I-9 perspective, employers may have current employees who will present newly issued work permits which may involve an update to an existing Form I-9. Additionally, employers should be prepared for a potential increase in employee mobility as employees may feel more empowered to change employers with new, valid work permits.
Expect more details in the coming days and weeks as further information is shared by President Obama as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Equifax Workforce Solutions will continue to monitor the situation and will be hosting a webinar to cover frequently asked questions on the executive action. Watch for details on the webinar to be provided soon.
Immigration policy and worksite enforcement will continue to be a focus for both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government over the next year. Employers using the Equifax Electronic I-9 Management & E-Verify system can rest assured that they are covered and prepared for any regulatory compliance updates. If you would like more information about our how our solutions can better help your business remain compliant in the face of ongoing changes please contact Pete Krieshok at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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