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Immigration Reform Still on Congressional Radar

Immigration Reform is still on Congressional radar. As reported by Julia Preston recently in the New York Times, groups favoring immigration overhaul are planning to hold rallies in at least 40 cities throughout the U.S. on October 5th and a larger rally in Washington on October 8th. Such rallies are critical to keeping the pressure on the House of Representatives to pass a bill giving legal status to the millions undocumented who aspire to become lawful immigrants to the United States.

We have all become concerned that the House of Representatives may "take its eye off the ball" and allow this opportunity to fix our immigration system to slip away. And we all know the economic benefits of legalization. According to the March 19, 2013 Economic Report of the President, a recent Congressional Budget Office study found that allowing undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship is likely to help the Federal budget. That study estimates that, if a pathway been established in 2007, Federal revenues would have increased by $48.3 billion while Federal outlays would have increased by only $22.7 billion over the 2008-12 period, leading to a surplus of $25.6 billion.

With a limited number of working days remaining in this session of Congress and other pressing issues facing the House such as the debate over military action in Syria, the budget battle looming September 30th, and the debt ceiling battle coming in mid-October, it is critical to keep the pressure on and make certain the House of Representatives does not miss this opportunity to fix our broken immigration system.

You can do your part by visiting Miley & Brown, P.C. at 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 attorneys at the same web site.

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