By analyzing ten years of legal intakes for almost 3,000 undocumented immigrants through the Immigrant Legal Intake Service (ILIS), this report presents new findings regarding barriers to immigration relief, an assessment of available relief, and informative demographic trends.
For many, ILIS represents a lifeline to immigration remedies and the ability to stay and contribute to our nation. As one respondent put it, “[m]y husband and I have talked to numerous lawyers and no one has been able to give us any hope of legalizing my situation . . . I feel that I am at a red light that is never going to turn green.”
This report seeks to demonstrate that undocumented immigrants have the opportunity to turn that light green. The report’s key findings include:
- Forty-eight percent of all respondents were potentially eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), when initially screened.
- Sixteen percent of respondents indicated they did not apply for DACA because the administration rescinded DACA.
- Outside of DACA, respondents were potentially eligible for some sort of permanent relief, such as family sponsorship (21 percent), nonimmigrant status (seven percent), or an employment visa (five percent).
- In terms of temporary protections, 46 percent of respondents held DACA, while nine percent held Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
- A staggering 93 percent of respondents would be eligible for relief if Congress were to pass the Dream Act or similar legislation, with 28 percent being immediately eligible for lawful permanent status (LPR).
- Approximately half of respondents who submitted an intake through ILIS and subsequently completed another intake on a later date became eligible for additional forms of relief due to changed circumstances in the respondent’s life.
Read the full report by clicking on the source site here.