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Permanent resident status one option on the table for immigrants

U.S. Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently spoke out about options for resolution to the immigration issue for DACA recipients. This group of immigrants, which consists of mostly young people, has recently come into the news because of the Trump administration's announcement to end the DACA program. The legal status of these individuals is currently up in the air, but the Homeland Security Secretary remains hopeful that a solution to the problem can be found, including possibly granting permanent resident status. This hopeful outlook could potentially be reassuring to some immigrants in New York. 

Some of the various options currently on the table are permanent residency, citizenship or a temporary protected status. No decision has yet been made, though, and Congress is still considering its options. Other details, such as how exactly one would qualify for citizenship, are also being discussed. 

Part of the negotiation also includes other immigration issues, such as funding for the U.S. border wall. The Secretary herself reported having a wait-and-see attitude, and she also reported a hope that the issue could be resolved. Hope is a reassuring term in a subject that, at times, is sharply divided on partisan lines, but the reality is that both sides want to find a permanent solution. 

In New York, many people hope to become a permanent resident. The task is sometimes complicated by hard-to-understand or changing policies. A person seeking permanent resident status may wish to do so with the aid of an experienced immigration law attorney. 

Source:, "Homeland chief: Wait and see on citizenship for immigrants", Elliot Spagat, Jan. 3, 2018

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