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Dallas Immigration & Naturalization Law Blog

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Immigration Reform for Justice

The majority of Americans want immigration reform. Yesterday, as reported by Lee Davidson in the Salt Lake City Tribune, Leon Rodriguez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), spoke to a convention of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network at the Salt Lake City Sheraton Hotel. He said that the word "justice" is completely absent from our immigration and naturalization system. According to the Director, it is time to change that. Congress should act to make the immigration system more just. "Real justice will come when we have reform," Rodriguez said. According to him, the immigration system we have today an obsolete and archaic scheme that "does not reflect our economy, does not reflect our demographics, and--above all--our values." A scheme that routinely separates immediate families is not just and does not comport with American values.

Immigration Reform?

This is immigration reform? An unnecessary and potentially harmful bill introduced by Senator McCain (R-Utah) passed the Senate yesterday. This short but damaging bill is known as the "Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act" (S.750) defines "border security" to mean the continuous and integrated manned or unmanned, monitoring, sensing, or surveillance of 100 percent of Southern border" and "apprehension or turn back of all illegal entries". This bill has been opposed by AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) along with a broad coalition.

Immigration Reform

It has been a while since I have posted regarding immigration reform. However, I just couldn't resist. Despite the fact that the overwhelming number of Americans believe that major immigration reform is necessary, the conservatives continue to push an anti immigration agenda.

Immigration Reform

It has been a while since I have posted regarding immigration reform. However, I just couldn't resist. Despite the fact that the overwhelming number of Americans believe that major immigration reform is necessary, the conservatives continue to push an anti immigration agenda.

Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform - OK It has been a while since I have posted a BLOG. However, this is just too much. This week, the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives voted to block the Department of Homeland Security from moving forward on the Presidential executive initiatives that would help to protect millions of immigrants from being deported. There was the 2012 executive action that protects a million or so children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents prior to their 16th birthday. They also voted to block the more recent executive action that would defer deportation for a slightly larger group of those same children plus many undocumented parents of U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident children. This is really about one of the three foundations upon which our immigration policy has been based for decades. The three pillars? Keep close family units together (the sanctity of the family), protect U.S. workers, and keep undesirables (criminals & terrorists) out of the U.S. he fear of deportation.

IMMIGRATION REFORM - YES!

Immigration Reform - Yes! Last night (November 20, 2014) President Obama went BIG and BOLD on immigration reform through executive or administrative action. This is extremely good news, extremely good for the immigrant community, AND extremely good for the country. The Republicans (who have refused to pass any immigration legislation) told Mr. Obama that, if he did this he would "poison the well" and make any immigration legislation virtually impossible. I take that to mean: "we were never going to pass immigration legislation. But, NOW we are REALLY not going to pass any immigration related laws."

Obama & Immigration - On the Edge of a Dilemma

Immigration? President Obama is on the edge of a dilemma. If Mr. Obama does nothing about immigration, he risks losing support among the already disgruntled Latino and immigration advocate communities. On the other hand, the Republican Party has made it abundantly clear that, if he takes any action on his own without the support of Congress, they will attack. It is not certain what form the attack make take. The Republicans (and the conservative media) have been talking about impeachment. Of course, the chances of such action being successful are ultimately zero. They have also been talking about bringing a lawsuit in Federal Court.

Immigration Reform and Republican Threats

Immigration reform and Republican threats are truly amazing! The word that comes to mind is "dishonest". It has been 1 ½ years since the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill (S744). The House of Representatives has spent the past year and a half dithering and saying that they think we do need immigration reform. However, through that time (when a majority of the House would have voted FOR an immigration bill) Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has catered to he extremists in the Republican party to block the bill from coming to a vote.

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