Immigration Reforms in 2014

As the President prepares his State of the Union Address it is expected that he will mention ideas for changes to the current immigration restrictions. In addition, House Republicans seem to be prepared to offer some compromises to the Senate Bill which passed last June but met strong opposition from the Speaker of the House.
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According to the New York Times:
 “.. heading into the three-day Republican retreat, even some of the most ardent conservatives say consensus is forming around an immigration package that would include several separate bills on border security; a clampdown against the hiring of undocumented workers; expanded guest-worker programs; a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the country as children; and a path to legal status for undocumented workers with family ties to citizens or employer sponsors.”
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Republicans to Announce Version of Immigration Reform

It appears likely the Speaker of the House John Boehner will announce Republican plans on Immigration reforms prior to the President’s State of the Union Address. The one-page GOP set of principles could be aired just prior to President Obama’s State of the Union speech onJanuary 28th. There is already speculation on whether their plan will lead to a Path to Citizenship or the ability for many undocumented immigrants to become lawful permanent residents. Other speculation indicates the Republican plan may only allow immigrants merely to obtain a work visa for an indefinite period of time.
Current immigration law divides all visas into two main groups: temporary visas such as tourist, student and some temporary work visas such as H-1B for high tech and H-2A for crop pickers, and permanent immigrant visas, a.k.a. ‘green cards,’ that allow the bearer to work for anyone (or for herself) and to live in the U.S. for life.

A significant feature of a ‘green card’ is the owner’s right, after three to five years, to apply for citizenship through naturalization. Thus, if the GOP plan leads, sooner or later, to ‘green cards,’ then it also leads, in time, to the right to apply for citizenship.

If the GOP is intent on shutting off any potential ‘path to citizenship’ for new immigrants, it will have to create something new in immigration law, a type of ‘permanent temporary’ visa that allows the owner to live and work in the U.S. permanently, yet never ‘upgrade’ to green card status.

This question is the center of debate now playing out among immigration reform advocates, some of whom are willing to accept (for the time being) a compromise versus those who insist that a path to citizenship must remain a part of any comprehensive reform. Many point to recent polls showing protection from deportation as more important than a path to citizenship for many Hispanics and Asian Americans. And a recent open letter from DREAMers asks advocates to ‘focus on a practical legislative solution for immediate relief for families, even if it doesn’t include a special path to citizenship.’

In any case, whatever new type of visa is created, Congress must address the horrible current visa backlogs that compel people to cross illegally today rather than wait 30 years or more for a green card.

Stay tuned to this blog and the following websites to determine what you can do now with current laws on the books and what you may be able to do if these important changes to the law take affect:




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Forecast Good for Some Reform Bill in 2014

As the Republicans running for re election this November walk the thin red line between surviving a primary battle for reelection within their own party and supporting some type of Immigration Reforms to attract Hispanic voters in November, speculation is rampant on whether Congress can actually get a Bill signed into law by the end of 2014.

As the quote below illustrates, progress had been made on budget and other issues at the end of 2103 that show that Congress when it expresses enough political will can get something done on controversial issues.

“Noting that Boehner has made it “abundantly clear” that he’d like to move immigration bills, Cole said that “we just saw a budget deal that made progress that brought people together from both sides from very different perspectives and I suspect that can be done on immigration as well.”

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Immigration Bill

The much harder task would be to come up with an immigration bill that can actually pass both chambers and be signed by President Barack Obama — in an election year. Senate Democratic leaders don’t want to pass a scaled-back version of their comprehensive bill, which received a remarkable 68 votes. They may be open to a compromise that legalizes undocumented immigrants and lets them pursue citizenship through existing channels. An outside possibility is that Democratic and Republican leaders cut a deal on legislation that can be pushed through both chambers. But no such talks are happening, at least for now.

Congress to Act in 2014 on Immigration Reforms?

As Congress returns to Washington this month there is much speculation among Immigration Advocates and Lawyers as to whether the House and Senate can reach a compromise and pass meaningful legislation this year. There is little chance of the House simply adopting the Senate Bill of 2013 which provides for broad reforms and a path to Citizenship for many here without benefit of a visa.

A more likely scenario we look forward to here at San Francisco Immigration Services and Las Vegas Immigrant Services is an expansion of DACA Relief signed by the President by Executive order to allow Dreamers not only deferred action and work authorization, but the right  do to  community service and apply for lawful permanent residence.

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