Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

New Immigration Rule Brightens Future for Immigrants Living in the Shadows

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"Federal officials announced Wednesday a rule change expected to allow eligible [unauthorized] immigrants to begin legalizing their status without having to face long separations from their spouses and children who are in the United States legally.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the policy will take effect March 4 and is expected to have a broad impact on those with immediate family members of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  "It’s a really good thing and we’re pretty excited about it," said Aaron Tarin, a Salt Lake City-based immigration attorney.  "We believe it will cause people to step out of the shadows."  The rule largely eliminates a Catch-22 faced by those who entered the country illegally but want to establish legal status.  Currently in most cases, [unauthorized] immigrants must leave the United States and apply