Impact of Supreme Court decision on deferred action candidates

I wanted to assess the impact of the Supreme Court ruling on the recent initiative by Obama Administration to allow certain illegal immigrants to apply for work permits if they came as children.  The part of the Arizona statutes which made it a crime to fail to register as an illegal immigrant, to work or to try to find work, and allowed Arizona cops to arrest undocumented immigrants without a warrant if they thought that the subject had committed a crime for which she or he could be deported have all been struck down.

What has not gone away is the law that if you are now stopped by law enforcement for any violation of law whatsoever (e.g. something as small as not using your turn signal while making a turn) and if the cop suspects that you maybe in the United States illegally, you can be detained and the USCIS will be notified.  At that time, the USCIS will advise the local police what to do next.

If you take advantage of the Obama deferral, you will not be deported (as long as your offense is such that it does not violate the requirements laid out) but will still need to deal with the consequences of whatever law you violated.  So you may have to pay a ticket but not deal with deportation headaches.  Similar laws that exist or are about to be approved in states like Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah are now totally legal.  In addition, I expect that many more states will implement "show me your papers" laws.

As an immigrant with a shaky immigration status, it is absolutely important that you NEVER do absolutely anything that may require you to interact with a police or law enforcement officer.  That violation may complicate your immigration situation, and depending on what it is, it may also make it impossible that your work permit may not be renewed after two years.

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