Millions of immigrants again on hold: More political moves delay immigration reform as deportations continue.

President Obama announced a delay of his executive action until after the mid-term elections in November, irritating many who anticipated immigration relief.

President Obama announced a delay of his executive action until after the mid-term elections in November, irritating many who anticipated immigration relief.

Children at recess used to play a game called “Red Light, Green Light,” where the one child faces away from the other children who start behind a line, saying “green light,” so the children behind the line can creep closer and tag them before they quickly turn around and say, “red light.” Is this the real strategy on immigration reform on Capitol Hill?

Reporting news and updates on immigration reform and the problems caused by inaction seems futile when people make promises and do not keep them. More often, people say they will make every effort at taking action, the political version of a promise. Both sides of the political aisle are frustrated with the failure to make meaningful reform to our badly outdated immigration system. As President Obama, the Democrats and Republicans in Congress continue sparring, the human casualties are mounting.

President Obama announced a delay of his executive action until after the mid-term elections in November, irritating many who anticipated immigration relief.

Earlier this summer, President Obama asked Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to hold off on releasing the results of a review of the immigration system, so House Republicans could get together necessary votes to pass a reform bill. It never happened. When Congress adjourned for summer break, the President reported he was working on his own plan for relief through executive orders, something the House Republicans first criticized him for doing, and then suggested he take executive action after all. Meanwhile, the mid-term elections scheduled for November are the latest roadblock to reform. On Saturday September 6, The Associated Press tweeted, “BREAKING: White House officials: Obama to delay immigration action until after November election.”

Result: “Millions of immigrants will face at least 60 more days under the threat of deportation[i]

The human cost of this delay is significant. As the quote from the article indicates, millions of undocumented immigrants who anticipated relief from deportation now fear the worst. Of the millions of immigrants waiting for relief, advocates estimate that an actual 60,000 immigrants will be deported within the next 60 days.

DHS is still stating that they are, “using “prosecutorial discretion” so that resident, law-abiding unauthorized immigrants don’t get deported.[ii]” Instead, they claim, “high priority” immigrants, “those who have committed crimes, have recently entered the country, or were deported and then came back,” are the focus of current deportation activity.[iii]

The message sent by the U.S., likely heard worldwide, is that immigrants are marginalized.

Wouldn’t you feel alienated and awkward coming to a country in political turmoil over what to do about your arrival and presence? From one political party who embraces policies helping people suffering violence and injustice in their home countries, to another who would like to catapult them back to their home countries, it must be terrible not knowing who they can trust. Some compassion for people who likely are not thrilled about leaving their home countries would make for a stronger immigration stance and the current ping-pong games make U.S. leaders look foolish.

While likely feeling marginalized by a seemingly unfair political struggle, the undocumented immigrants who made it safely to the U.S. can only hope for positive change and relief, through President Obama or Congress, whoever is able to make a meaningful difference. Attorney KiKi M. Mosley also hopes for positive change in U.S. immigration policy. She will continue to offer updates and available immigration news.

Attorney KiKi M. Mosley is licensed to practice law by the State of Illinois and Louisiana. She is skilled and experienced in complex immigration law issues including and related options for undocumented immigrants seeking immigration relief. For more information about the law firm, please visit www.KiKisLaw.com, and do not forget to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” on Twitter. You can also review Attorney Mosley’s endorsements on her Avvo profile.

[i] Vox, The human cost of Obama’s delay on immigration action, by Dara Lind, Sept. 8, 2014.

[ii] See, Vox article above (HNi)

[iii] See, Vox article above (HNi)

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Good news for immigration reform and undocumented immigrant drivers in Illinois

"Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives ready to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, but she may never get the chance to prove it if GOP Speaker John A. Boehner doesn't bring a vote in the Republican-lead House."

“Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives ready to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, but she may never get the chance to prove it if GOP Speaker John A. Boehner doesn’t bring a vote in the Republican-lead House.”

Undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and those wishing to visit and live in the states are closer to experiencing a reformed immigration system. Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi said this week that there are enough votes in congress to pass a bipartisan immigration reform bill. On Facebook, Pelosi stated, “With 28 Republicans having publicly expressed support for a path to citizenship we believe the votes are there on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill…It’s just a question whether Speaker Boehner can muster the will to schedule a vote.[i]

Most people agree that immigration reform is necessary and important, a key bipartisan agenda.

As we have recently reported news stories about immigration reform, both Democrats and Republicans are agreeing that reform to the existing immigration systems is necessary. Nevertheless, there are some different viewpoints and demands. Southern border security, for example, is a Republican agenda item. Meanwhile, asylum and provisional status for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. is the aim of several Democrats.

Bringing the community to the discussion, Pelosi, making her statements, did so by using Facebook as a platform for questions and answers. Responding to questions posted on her Facebook page about immigration, Pelosi addressed posters who shared stories about how badly the current system of immigration laws have hurt them and their families. Many people oppose the current years-long waits for families and spouses to join newly documented immigrants. In response, Pelosi stated, “This is a perfect example of why we need comprehensive immigration reform. One of the key goals of our bipartisan bill is to reunite families. We do this by including provisions that reduce family visa backlogs.[ii]

The Secretary of State's office issues a Temporary Visitor Driver's License (TVDL) for non-citizens of the United States who have been granted temporary, legal entry into this country and are temporarily residing in the State of Illinois and ineligible for a Social Security number.

The Secretary of State’s office issues a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) for non-citizens of the United States who have been granted temporary, legal entry into this country and are temporarily residing in the State of Illinois and ineligible for a Social Security number.

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reports that, “As many as 500,000 people could eventually apply for the special permits,[iii]” that will be issued to the first immigrants living illegally in Illinois this December. The Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office will start processing applications on December 3, 2013 on a limited basis as part of the pilot program. There are four designated offices where applicants can apply for the Temporary Visitor Drivers License (TVDL) and take necessary tests and complete required paperwork.

The TVDL program in Illinois is another bipartisan success where both parties agreed that allowing immigrants on the path to legal status to drive legally, after being tested, and with insurance, on Illinois roadways. The temporary license is only issued by the state for the purpose of driving and it is not an otherwise proper form of identification like a standard issue drivers license which can be used for identification to fly, vote or buy a gun.

There are requirements for qualification and fees to be paid. An appointment must be scheduled because walk-ins will not be served. The appointments may be conducted in various languages. To learn more you can visit the Illinois Secretary of State’s website. There can be complications in the application process and if the applicant has been cited for driving violations in the past there could be eligibility concerns. For more information about qualifying for a TVDL you can contact the Law Offices of KiKi M. Mosley. Attorney KiKi M. Mosley is licensed to practice law by the States of Illinois and Louisiana. She is skilled and experienced in complex immigration law issues. For more information about the law firm, please tap/click here to visit the rest of the website, and do not forget to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” on Twitter or Google Plus.


[i] The Washington Times: Pelosi: Votes are there to pass immigration reform. By Jacqueline Klimas, Oct. 29, 2013.

[ii] See Washington Times article.

Beware of Notario fraud

Stop Notario Fraud

From the American Immigration Lawyers Association: “Many non-citizens find out that they will never get their green card or other immigration benefits because an unqualified immigration consultant or notario unlawfully working as an immigration lawyer destroyed their dreams.”

Notario fraud is a problem affecting the immigration community. A “notario” is not the same as an attorney. Notarios often advertise to help immigrants with the process of becoming a citizen. Non-citizens find out too late that the notario accepted their money but did not legally file applications for green cards or other immigration benefits.

Only a licensed attorney may submit applications to the office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Click here to watch a short video published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association about the dangers of notarios.

The Stop Notario Fraud website contains resources to help:

  • Help immigrants find competent and affordable legal service providers;
  • Help prevent immigrants from being victimized by notarios;
  • Provide resources for victims of notarios;
  • Provide information and resources for attorneys working with victims to remedy crimes committed by fraudulent consultants unlawfully practicing immigration law.

The Law Offices of KiKi M. Mosley can help non-citizens who are approached by a notario and answer any questions about the immigration process and why it is important to work with with a licensed attorney. To learn more about immigration law and news you can “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter. Additionally, you can find links to resources and news directly from our website.