- Posted August 8, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
It's Not 800,000 Illegal Immigrants, But 1.76 Million Who Could Get Residency
I reported on June 17 about how President Barack Obama, through executive action, deferred deportation and prosecution of those illegal immigrants age 30 and under who were brought to the US by their parents. The change in policy dominated the news cycle for a week or two.
At the time, the President said the impact would be on about 800,000 such individuals. Yesterday, the Administration upped that figure by more than double. The Administration is saying the actual number of illegal immigrants who will be granted residence status is 1.76 million.
The more-than-double figure is a result of the Administration changing the guidelines and expanding the rules of who can qualify for the residency visas. Those new guidelines were announced this past Friday.
Under the previous guidelines, one had to be under 30, graduated from high school and have no criminal history. The new guidelines expand this to include those who have received a G.E.D. Those individuals who have not received a G.E.D. must re-enroll in high school by the time they apply for residency status.
Applications for the program will begin the 15th of this month online. The cost to apply is $500, which the Administration says will cover the cost. The applicant pays the fee.
From the Cornfield, this Admiinistration does seem to have problems with numbers. Most figures released are revised on almost a daily basis.
One has to wonder if the expansion of the guidelines is an attempt to spark more enthusiasm within the Hispanic community. Polls show that while over 2/3 of Hispanics favor the President, voter enthusiasm is not there and turnout to vote is expected to be less than 2008 among the community.