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What changes in U.S. immigration laws go into effect in 2015?

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As of March 2015, planned changes to immigration law in 2015 include expansion of Deferred Action Programs, improvements to the visa program and discretion to waive deportation of family members of legal permanent residents, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Executive actions signed in November 2014 ordered these changes.

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Deferred Action for Parental Accountability is a new program, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an existing program for which expansion plans exist, as reported by the Immigration Policy Center. DAPA allows prosecutors more discretion in granting deferrals of deportation for unauthorized parents of children with legal status. DACA offers the same discretion in granting deferrals of deportation to young people brought to the United States illegally as children.

USCIS announced a delay in implementation of all changes ordered in the executive actions due to a federal court injunction issued on February 16, 2015.

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