Since US President Barack Obama is expected to act next week on announcing an amnesty to more than 7.5 lakh immigrants, the move is likely to help the Latin Americans than Asians and his visit to remote Myanmar in Asia too encountered the clouds of expectations.
A senior White House official told CNN that the executive action could come as soon as next week but he assured that the President will not bypass the US Congress nor will it yield to lawmakers’ threats, especially from Republican members, of a shutdown on the issue.
Obama sternly warned the opposing camp when he said, “I indicated to (House) Speaker (John) Boehner several months ago that if in fact Congress failed to act I would use all the lawful authority that I possess to try and make the system work better. And that’s gonna happen, that’s gonna happen before the end of the year.”
The plan, still sketchy, includes a provision to deport criminal illegal immigrants, while allowing certain categories of workers such as those in the technology industry.
Other provision spelled out in 2012 Obama’s “deferred action” program (DACA) said immigrants needed to be younger than 31 at the time the rule was enacted, and younger than 16 when they were brought to the United States. Applicants should be either in school, or have earned a high school degree or be honorably discharged veterans.
It remains to be seen how Asians, in particular, Indians would benefit from the policy as they usually come as “Green Card” holders.