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Immigration and Family Law in Maryland

POLITICO: Immigration Reform Looks Dead

Here’s a link to a Politico article describing why immigration reform is highly unlikely at this point.  After losing on the funding of the Department of Homeland Security fight recently, the last thing the GOP-controlled Congress is going to take up is the issue Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  As one of the President’s key agenda items, Congress isn’t going to be doing him any favors.  And as we approach another election cycle, candidates will very likely avoid this always controversial issue.  Too bad.  We’ll have to wait another few years before we see any progressive action.

March 9th, 2015 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

NYT: GOP’s Attempt to Gut the President’s Executive Action

The new year is underway and now that the GOP controls both houses of Congress we get to see what priorities they’ll focus on first.  As it turns out, it’s immigration, but not in the progressive sense.  Rather than work toward comprehensive reform, they seek to eliminate any funding for the President’s recent executive order that would have benefitted an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants.  Further, they would similarly defund the President’s 2012 executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  What does the bill fund?  The Secure Communities program that seeks to link up local law enforcement and immigration law, not a good mix.

Here’s a link to the full article at the New York Times.

January 12th, 2015 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

American Immigration Council: States Take Up Effort When Feds Failed

Many states enacted their own immigration reform efforts effective in the new year.  Although states lack the power over immigration reform that the federal government does, every effort helps.  Some states now will issue drivers licenses to the undocumented.  Others have chosen not to detain people solely on the basis of immigration status.  Here’s a link to the article.

January 12th, 2015 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

CNN: Businesses need immigration reform to function

Read the article and watch the videos.  To stay the leader of the technical world we need to raise the cap on highly skilled immigrants.

July 11th, 2014 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

Pathway to Citizenship

I don’t know if I agree with this Crossfire host in her opinion that most of those out-of-status immigrants want legal status alone and not citizenship.  Becoming a permanent resident (i.e., getting a green card) is the first and possibly most important step in stabilizing one’s life.  It cements their legal status in the US, permits employment and travel overseas without concern of not being able to return.  Nevertheless, naturalizing confers enormous benefits, including the ability to petition for other out-of -status relatives, thereby legalizing their statuses as well.  Most of my clients do naturalize, especially when their home countries permit dual citizenship.

Anyway, here’s a link to the video.

July 1st, 2014 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

State of the Union

“Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.  Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted.  I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same.  Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades.  And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone.  So let’s get immigration reform done this year.”

-President Barack Obama

January 29th, 2014 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

Baltimore Sun: Immigration Benefits Maryland

A good piece by AILA DC Chapter Cynthia Rosenberg refuting the notion that undocumented immigrants harm the economy.  On the contrary, the article points out, the undocumented are responsible for over 6 billion dollars in state domestic product and have created 70,000 jobs statewide.  Whether you’re for or against immigration reform on idealistic grounds, surely the practical side of reform should serve as an important influence.  Immigration is good for the state and good for the country.

January 14th, 2014 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

Nation Letdown by House

I’ve purposely been avoiding commenting on the immigration bill making its way through Congress.  I did this because regardless of what the Senate did (which was wonderful), it’s the House that holds all the cards with this bill.  And yesterday they should their hand.  You can read John Boehner and his GOP leadership team’s statement here.  This comes as a huge disappointment, not just to the immigrant community but to the majority of Americans who support this bill.  The country’s immigration policy woes require a comprehensive fix, not the piecemeal approach advocated by House GOPers.

July 12th, 2013 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

The Senate’s Pillars of Immigration Reform

A broad group of bi-partisan Senators have released a document detailing their “pillars” of reform.  See document below.  This does not spell out specific legislation – only the foundation upon which future legislation will be based.

Four Pillars of CIR

January 31st, 2013 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments

Hot on the heals of the Senate announcement we have our first bill

A group of Senators have introduced bill S. 169 – Immigration Innovation (I2) Act of 2013 – affecting and modernizing H-1B, employment-based immigration visas and student visas.  Below is a link to Senator Hatch’s summary of the bills key points.

I2 Act of 2013 Summary

January 31st, 2013 Posted by | cir, immigration law | no comments