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The "Obama Amnesty" -- Too Good to Be True

Asreported extensively over the last two weeks, and in a way that was grossly misunderstood by the average person, the Obama administration plans to issue a regulation that would address a long-standing problem in immigration law—a Catch 22 created by requiring the spouses and children of U.S. citizens who entered the country unlawfully to depart the U.S. before completing the processing of their application for lawful permanent residence. The trouble is that once they leave the country, they are subject to athree or ten year barfor unlawful presence and need a waiver to getbackinto the US earlier than the 3 or 10 year bar would allow.  The new proposal would allow them to submit the waiver application to the USCIS in the United States and receive a decision before departing the U.S., thus reducing the time, anxiety, and sometime danger inherent in waiting abroad for a decision. This Catch-22 is one of the most notorious problems in the immigration system and the regulatory change is l…