As President Obama concluded his prime-time speech last Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released ten immigration policy memoranda that are sweeping in the number of aliens they cover and the relief they provide. Combined, the policy memos apply to approximately 5 million illegal aliens in the U.S. and an untold number of aliens outside the U.S. who will be allowed to enter the U.S. under new policies designed just for them. In terms of relief, the policy memos offer illegal aliens relief spanning from deferral of deportation and work authorization to a pathway to citizenship. They also create special exceptions for certain workers seeking to enter the U.S.
Content written by former Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.