Loophole gives illegal aliens a shortcut to legal residency

Article author: 
Alejandra Molina, Kurt Miller
Article publisher: 
The Press Enterprise
Article date: 
23 December 2016
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

A loophole in immigration law has allowed more than 22,000 undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens] to receive permission to leave the United States and return legally, making some of them eligible for permanent legal residency ...

[...] using advance parole, immigrants who have been allowed to stay in the United States through President Barack Obama’s DACA program – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – have been able to travel outside the U.S. and then return.

Advance parole for DACA recipients is granted for humanitarian, educational, or employment reasons. And when those using it come back, they have legally entered the country, allowing some to apply for legal U.S. residency. Five years later, or three, if they are married to a U.S. citizen, they can apply for citizenship ...

Re-posted in the OC Register on Dec. 23, 2016



1.3 million unauthorized young adults ages 15 and older were immediately eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in 2016.