Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WSJ: Executive Immigration Action May Include Legal Reforms

On September 18, 2014 the Wall Street Journal reported that after Labor Day President Obama may announce executive actions to give "safe harbor and work permits to qualifying illegal immigrants". Business leaders and interest groups who have been meeting with the White House throughout the Summer have requested overhaul measures for the legal workforce. One proposal would exclude dependents from the numerical cap on employment-based green cards, which is now 140,000 a year. The change could, in effect, double the number of green cards available. A second proposal would "recapture" unused employment green cards from previous years, which could produce more than 200,000 new green cards.