On November 20, 2014, Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, at the direction of President Obama, released ten immigration policy memoranda (the “Johnson Memos”) that unilaterally changed U.S. immigration law by executive fiat. Combined, the memos are sweeping in the number of aliens they cover and the relief they provide – spanning from deferral from deportation and work authorization to a pathway to citizenship. They also create special exceptions for certain workers seeking to enter the United States.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the sweeping executive actions on immigration President Obama announced last November 20th (collectively known as the Johnson Memos). While most people are familiar with DAPA and expanded DACA—and the Texas v. U.S. case challenging them—many of the other memos have received less attention. FAIR’s Government Relations team has issued a detailed analysis on all 10 Johnson Memos, including the current status of each of them. The report is available here.