President Obama announced to the nation US Immigration Executive Action on November 20, 2014. Prior to that time, the President requested US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to undertake a rigorous and inclusive review to inform recommendations on reforming the US immigration system through executive action.
According to a DHS Fact Sheet on the topic, this review sought the advice and input from the men and women charged with implementing immigration policies, as well as the ideas of a broad range of stakeholders and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. This assessment has identified ten areas where the Executive of the US, within the confines of the law, could take action to increase border security, focus enforcement resources, and ensure accountability in our immigration system.
The 2014 Immigration Executive Action includes strengthening US border security; revising removal priorities; ending Secure Communities and replacing it with new Priority Enforcement Program; personnel reform for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officers; expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); extending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program to Parents of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents; expanding Provisional Waivers to Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs); revising Parole rules, including exploration of a new parole program for entrepreneurs and investors; promoting the US naturalization process; and supporting High Skilled US Business and Workers.
For further information on the above, see our article on Immigration Executive Action 2014.