Good news, kabayan sa US! More than 250,000 undocumented Filipinos in the United States will benefit from President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Many illegal immigrants in the US rejoice when Obama announced changes to the immigration system, mainly affecting those under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAP (Deferred Action for Parents) categories.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has already commanded its posts in the US to study the executive order and how its personnel can help the Filipinos avail of the protection offered by the president’s proposal.
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Undocumented Filipino migrants who will meet the criteria will be eligible to apply for three-year relief from deportation and work permits.
But they should be able to meet the following criteria to qualify for the extended protection from deportation:
- Arrived in the US before 2010, and arrived in the US under the age of 16; and
- Arrived in the US before 2010, and have at least one child who is a US citizen or legal resident;
Around five million illegal immigrants in the United States will benefit from the ease of threat of deportation because of Obama’s order which is a way to break the delay in debate over immigration.
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