A Syracuse-based immigration attorney says President Obama’s executive order to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation is a good first step…but could have gone farther. Jose Perez says even though the action is based on family unity, it doesn’t help everyone.
Under the president’s executive order, undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least five years and have children born in the U.S. would get a reprieve from deportation and be eligible to apply for work permits. Perez says he’s already getting calls from clients asking if they qualify.
Immigrant farmworkers are among those who say they appreciate the president's efforts, but the executive order won't help many of them.
Naturally, republicans in congress are furious, and say the president’s action all but kills any future chances for comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration attorney Jose Perez wonders wants to ask them why.