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Immigration Reform Probably a Long Shot

Immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship is probably a long shot. The Republicans in the House seem to be adverse to any legislation that could provide a benefit to undocumented immigrants or people they see as "law breakers". That is why they are moving forward very slowly with piecemeal enforcement measures such as heightened border security, strengthened internal enforcement, and mandatory E-Verify (an internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility).

There is, however, a possibility of actually getting to comprehensive immigration reform. It is a long shot and will be a heavy lift for a very divided Congress. If the Republican caucus can pass these piecemeal enforcement measures, they may be more willing to consider some sort of roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We believe this is a crucial step in fixing our dysfunctional immigration system.

Now is an excellent time to put pressure on your lawmakers while they are in their home districts on summer recess. It is extremely easy to tell your representatives what you want and expect them to do on immigration legislation. You may go to the Miley & Brown, P.C. web site at www.mileybrown.com and select "Contact Congress". There, you will find tools needed to contact your elected representatives as well as the media. Please take time to become proactive on this vital issue.

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