Administrative Relief: A Turning Point

With the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, OneAmerica applauds President Obama for announcing the biggest immigration executive action in U.S. history on November 20, 2014 that will offer administrative relief to up to 4 million immigrant students, workers, and families across America.

OneAmerica had already planned several rallies across Washington on that day as part of a National Week of Action to demand robust relief. Instead it turned into a celebration for our community that was at the same time curtailed by the realization that the President's order leaves out too many in our community.

In Washington State, up to 100,000 immigrant families may be eligible for relief. OneAmerica has already launched a community education campaign to inform and organize as many eligible candidates as we can reach.

Click here to find an upcoming community education event near you!


Administrative relief is an umbrella term that describes a multitude of executive actions the Obama Administration can take to ease the burden on America’s undocumented population, as well as putting an end to family-splitting deportations. At the same time, such action would strengthen our communities, as well as our local and national economies.

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, the President’s office has several ways to ease the pressure on undocumented residents, such as granting immigrants a stay of deportation (PDF), stopping removal proceedings through Administrative Closure, granting Temporary Protected Status, or expanding Deferred Action.

In January, the House of Representatives voted to approve Department of Homeland Security funding bill that would repeal President Obama's executive order. The bill failed when taken up by the Senate, and President Obama has repeatedly stated he would veto any bill that repeals his stay of deportation for 5 million undocumented residents. Congress risks a partial government shutdown if they do not succeed in passing a funding bill by the end of February.

In February, a Texas Federal judge issued a temporary injunction, halting the application process for the President's executive order. This was a political decision with dubious legal merit that will be challenged in the 5th circut court of appeals. Stay tuned to this page for more updates as the case moves through the appeals process.

Below is a list of resources for those interested in the scope of powers granted the Presidency under the label of administrative relief.

Helpful Resources:

Administrative Relief Resource Center: Information on Administrative Relief, now to find legal help and more

State-by-state legal resources from

Northwest Immigrant Rights Resource Page on Administrative Relief

Resource page from Movement of Immigrants in America

Obama's Announcement:

Press Release for OneAmerica action in anticipation of President Obama's Nov. 20 announcement of Administrative Relief

Text of President Obama's Nov. 20 speech on administrative relief

White House announcement on Nov. 19 on Administrative Relief

Summary of Obama's announcement and next steps from the National Immigration Law Center


10 ways you can prepare to apply for administrative relief from the National Immigration Law Center


US Citizenship and Immigration Services page on administrative relief: eligibility FAQ and next steps

Washington Post flowchart to determine eligibility for administrative relief

FAQ from National Immigration Law Center on eligibility for administrative relief and procedure

OneAmerica is closely monitoring progress around the administrative relief process and we will continue to educate and organize our communities in preparation for administrative relief registration which will begin in 2015. Watch this space for updates.

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