Council for Global Immigration quoted in article – “Opportunities, challenges await immigrant parents eligible for Obama’s deferred action”

12/18/2014
Council in the News

​​The Seattle Globalist, 12/17/2014 –

“Ray Corona works as a student recruiter at University of Washington (UW) Bothell, a job he knows he couldn’t have gotten if not for a policy change the Obama administration initiated two years ago granting work permits and a reprieve from deportation for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants.

“But Corona, 23, who is hoping for a career in the corporate sector, worries the limitations of his deferred action status puts him at a competitive disadvantage.

“‘These work permits have an expiration date to them,’ said Corona…‘It’s an obvious and clear thing for an employer who may start questioning the longevity of someone they are about to make an major investment in.’

“These same concerns are likely to confront some of the nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants eligible for work authorization and other benefits through an expansion of the deferred action program the president announced last month.

“Under that plan, immigrant parents of U.S citizens and green card holders…be granted a renewable, three-year work permit and a social security number as well as protection from deportation.

“…They can begin applying in May.

“…But while there are clear benefits to being able to work legally and above board, there may also be limitations.

“…Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the Council of Global Immigration, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, said the question regarding employment sponsorship on job applications is not one that has been raised in the context of deferred action.

“Even so, she said, employers may not, by law, discriminate against a person with limited work authorization.

“‘Employers should not be asking for proof of work authorization before they extend an offer of employment,’ she said.

“Shotwell said a more pressing issue exists for undocumented workers who might step forward now to tell employers they are eligible for the program even before the application window opens.

“That not only exposes them as illegally employed, but leaves the employer in an awkward position, she said.

“…[T]his is a ‘Catch-22.’ Many workers who have been with the same employer for several years might need information from that employer to help prove their continuous residency in the U.S as part of their application for deferred action.”

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