By Megan R. Wilson - 02/27/13 08:37 PM EST
Qualification for the temporary status is very limited, as the waivers are only available to immediate family members of American citizens – children, spouses and parents.
As the rule was being considered, the USCIS received more than 5,000 comments. Only about 3,700 of those are currently public, and are mostly from citizens and individuals.
Over the summer, a handful of members of Congress submitted comments to the initial proposal as well, including Reps. Jared Polis (D-Co.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.). As a whole, they supported most of the proposals, but worried about how narrow the regulations could be.