Obama eases immigrants’ residency rule
January 2, 2013
Illegal immigrants with immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens can be fast-tracked to permanent residency under a rule issued Wednesday by the Obama Administration. (Los Angeles Times)
The executive action by the Department of Homeland Security will affect about 10 percent of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now thought to be in this country.
The rule ostensibly seeks to shorten the time illegal immigrants must spend apart from an American spouse, children or parents in order to apply for legal residency.
Changes go into effect March 4, and will require applicants to leave the country only briefly, returning to their country of origin to obtain a visa. The rule allows the administration to act on some immigration issues without involving a heretofore reluctant Congress.