The U.S. government consists of three independent branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
The president of the United States is the head of the executive branch of government and is responsible for enforcing the laws enacted by the legislative branch (Congress). Further information about the executive agencies and departments can be found here.
Executive Action is simply action taken by the President, through executive agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced numerous executive initiatives to improve the current immigration system such as:
- Strengthen Borders
- Revise Removal Priorities
- Expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Extend Deferred Action to Parents of US Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)
- Unlawful Presence Provisional Waiver
For updates on these initiatives and others, visit the USCIS page.
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