Obama’s Imperial Presidency? Ctd

NYT’s Ross Douthat fears an imminent Obama power grab on immigration. In response, Greg Sargent talks to experts about the limits of executive power.

The Dish

Douthat fears an imminent Obama power grab on immigration. In response, Greg Sargent talks to experts about the limits of executive power. Here’s an important point by attorney David Leopold, “former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and immigration reform advocate who has consulted with the White House on immigration law”:

Though many argue that [deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA)] grants its beneficiaries work status, in fact, the regulation that grants work status to undocumented immigrants who have been granted deferred action predates DACA and applies to many other categories of people granted deferred action. The federal regulations governing employment under immigration law existed well before DACA. Under those regulations, any undocumented immigrant granted deferred action — under programs that preceded DACA or coincide with it — had already been able to apply for employment authorization. It requires them to demonstrate economic necessity. That applied to anyone granted…

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About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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