While browsing the headlines for links to send to my email list I ran across this ABC news blog item:
$465 for Legal Status Under Obama’s ‘Dream Act’
The Obama administration will formally begin granting some young undocumented immigrants legal status and work permits later this month under a controversial new policy first announced by President Obama in June.
The Department of Homeland Security today announced details of the application and approval process for the DREAM Act-like program, outlining specific eligibility requirements and a $465 fee. It will begin Aug. 15.
Illegal immigrants younger than 30 who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years continuously, attend or have graduated from high school or college, and have no criminal convictions are eligible to submit requests for so-called deferred action (legalese for an official exemption from deportation).
The administration said documentation provided by each applicant will be reviewed individually on a case-by-case basis at one of four service centers run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. It’s unclear how long each review will take, but some immigrants are expected to receive temporary legal status before Election Day.
While the “dreamers” will not obtain a path to citizenship or the right to vote, Obama’s policy shift – circumventing Congress with executive action – has been widely seen as a politically motivated nod to Hispanics who have long sought the change.
Obama’s Republican critics today sharply assailed the new policy as unconstitutional and out of touch with the jobs crisis U.S. citizens face.
Of course there is more, read it all.
Then when I saw this one my first thought was “if only she was an illegal she could get help.” What do jobless do when unemployment checks run out?
Well, apparently there are no real answers that cover everyone. My heart goes out to these people. I do know, however, that during the great depression there was also a great migration. Over the history of the USA many of the migrations that filled up this continent started when the farmland ran out and there were recessions (there were many). Why haven’t more people gone to the states where there are jobs. I know as a child we moved several times because that is where my fathers job took us. Many people have moved around whether being transferred or looking for work. Why is this not happening more now?
I do not know the answers to those questions. I know that as a Texan we have had so many move in from California that I worry the state may tilt liberal when they sign up to vote.