The Department of Homeland Security is modifying the Secure Communities Act. Many groups and states complained that immigrants who were not dangerous criminals were facing deportation. The police may have stopped them for traffic violations. Their fingerprints went to DHS and their status as illegal immigrants made them subject to deportation.
President Obama said the law would now only target dangerous criminals.
Some opponents of immigrants say this change amounts to amnesty for undocumented persons.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association says “The Obama administration announcement:
- Is not an amnesty
- Is not about granting legal status
- is not something that you can sign up for.
Advocates warn that the change in policy does not mean that undocumented immigrants can get work permits or legal status. Whoever promises to legalize anybody’s immigration situation is trying to cheat or scam them.
Advocates say that scams and frauds will be plentiful, and immigrants should only seek legal advice from a qualified immigration lawyer or established community or religious groups.
AILA’s consumer advisory can be found in English and Spanish at http://aila.org/content/default.aspx? docid=36705.