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Episode Info: Our guest today is an immigration attorney with the law firm of Mitchell Williams. Mitchell Williams has offices in Arkansas, Texas and Pennsylvania and they only practice business law. This includes construction litigation, labor & employment, and of course immigration as you’ll here today.   Our guest, George Ernst specializes in immigration law and represents clients all across the U.S. As we know, in new home construction, remodeling, landscaping and so many more fields, immigrants have played and continue to play a huge part as laborers and skilled craftsmen so I thought it only fitting that I seek the insights of an expert to discuss President Obama's recent executive action on immigration. I am particularly interested how it will affect small businesses in the construction trades.  I want to point out that this conversation does not look at the constitutionality of the actions or the political affects, we only discuss the facts of the executive orders as George knows them.   Has any other president done something like this? Yes. Both President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and George H.W. Bush in 1990 took executive action. You can read the details here and decide for yourself. Note that 1990 is the last time anyone has taken action to improve our immigration policies. About the Immigration Executive Order It is not instant citizenship for anyone It gives undocumented immigrants the possibility of applying for deferred action and work authorization. The executive actions for deferred action and work authorization relate only to undocumented immigrants residing in the United States before January 1, 2010. It may affect up to as many as 5 million illegal residents, that's about half of the estimated 11 million illegal workers in the U.S. This may allow many workers in the construction trades to receive work authorization It does change the requirements to get a green card In general, one must become a permanent resident (green card holder) before one is eligible to become a U.S. Citizen. It does not permit undocumented immigrants the right to vote. Executive orders can be changed or canceled by another president The law d
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