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Immigration Reform Still Alive

Immigration Reform is Still Alive. But, it may be ailing. In a memo from Eric Cantor to the House Republicans on September 6th, he outlined the House legislative agenda during September and October. Sadly immigration (reform), although mentioned, was pretty much glossed over. He acknowledged that the current legal immigration system is broken and should be fixed in a deliberate and responsible manner. However, the memo was still focused on the piecemeal legislative bills that have come out of the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees. A piecemeal approach is not a deliberate and responsible way to fix our broken system. As President Obama told ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," if the immigration reform bill that passed in the Senate would be allowed to go to the floor of the Republican controlled Congress for a vote, "It would pass, it would pass." I have written about this previously. And, I have reason to believe that some of the House leadership (including Eric Cantor) would be "okay" with the Senate bill going for an up or down vote on the floor. Although they may not be able to actually vote for the bill (because of their extremely Gerrymandered districts), they understand the need for immigration reform and would not oppose an up or down vote. We really need to be able to move beyond the vocal minority in the House who believe that "compromise" is a dirty word and that support for anything that President Obama favors is a bad thing. That is simply no way to run a country.

You can do your part by visiting Miley & Brown, P.C. at www.mileybrown.com and selecting "Contact Congress" to tell your Representative that you support an immigration reform bill that will bring our immigration system into the 21st century by legalizing millions of aspiring immigrants and creating jobs for U.S. workers. Also, if you have any questions regarding immigration and nationality law, you may contact one of our Dallas based attorneys at the same web site.

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