Obama Administration's Announced Immigration Initiative: A Primer [November 24, 2014] [open pdf - 63KB]
"On November 20, President Obama announced the commencement of a multi-pronged immigration initiative that could, among other things, enable a substantial portion of the unlawfully present alien population to obtain temporary relief from removal and work authorization. The new initiative also involves other actions, including narrowing the scope of aliens prioritized by federal immigration authorities for removal; using 'parole' authority to allow certain aliens to enter or remain in the United States; and modifying rules relating to visa eligibility (or processing). This Sidebar provides a brief overview of the major components of the announced initiative. […] This Legal Sidebar discusses the following major components of the announced initiative: (1) Expanding Scope of Aliens Eligible for Grants Relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Initiative; (2) Establishment of a DACA-like Initiative for Unlawfully Present Alien Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs); (3) Modifying Immigration Enforcement Priorities; (4) Replacing Secure Communities with the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP); (5) Expanding Provisional Waiver of 3/10-Year Bar to Admission; (6) Use of Parole Authority; and, (7) Visa Eligibility and Processing."
CRS Legal Sidebar, November 24, 2014