Article written by AWD LAW Attorney Kate Mahady
NOTE: On February 17 a federal judge blocked implementation of the following regulations. Additionally, Congress has threatened not to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees implementation of immigration policy. At the time of printing, neither of these issues has been resolved. The following addresses the new immigration regulations that are set to be implemented once these issues are resolved.
On Feb. 18, 2015 new immigration regulations were set to take effect that would expand the previous Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and make many people who are not United States citizens eligible to apply for work authorization in the U.S. for the first time. Under these new regulations, many people in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona will have the opportunity to legally enter the work force.