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October 2013 Archives

Immigration Reform Still Has Traction?

Immigration Reform is still in the news and on the move. Despite the recent about face by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), it appears that there is positive movement among Republicans in the House of Representatives. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) stepped forward to add his support for H.R. 15 (the comprehensive reform bill introduced by Democratic leaders). As you may recall, earlier this year, Sen. Rubio helped to write and pass S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill. However, he now opposes a conference committee between the House and the Senate that would attempt to pass sweeping reform legislation.

Is Immigration Reform Still Possible?

Immigration Reform may still be possible. It is a long shot. But it is possible. Following the Government shutdown and debt ceiling debacle, President Obama announced that he wants to move forward on immigration reform, a budget, and a farm bill. The key question is whether the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives can find a way forward.

SAFE Act Immigration Bill is a goes in the wrong direction

The SAFE Act (Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act) is an immigration bill that takes America in the wrong direction. In an October 9th letter to Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) joined more than 100 other organizations in calling on the Speaker to NOT allow the SAFE Act, H.R. 2278, to be brought up for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Congress - Immigration - Shutdown - Debt Ceiling

What are the immigration consequences from the Federal Government shutdown? Beginning today, many portions of the United States federal government began shutting down. There is actually semi-good news about the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). CIS is funded by user fees so there will be little or no impact on CIS. Interviews and processing of petitions and applications will continue, uninterrupted. In fact, the only real impact on Department of Homeland Security operations will be that their web sites will not be actively managed. Portions of ICE and CBP are deemed to be essential functions and will continue operations.

Representative Luis Gutiérrez: Immigration Reform Still Possible

Pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) spoke out at the Camino Americano Rally and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect on the National Mall calling on Congress, and particularly Republican leaders to allow immigration legislation to move forward, get a vote, and be signed into law. Congressman Gutiérrez said: "Today we sacrifice our freedom to win freedom for those who have none." "We are here to demand that Speaker Boehner and the Republican Leadership give us a vote on immigration reform."

Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences

What are the immigration consequences from the Federal Government shutdown? Beginning today, many portions of the United States federal government began shutting down. There is actually semi-good news about the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). CIS is funded by user fees so there will be little or no impact on CIS. Interviews and processing of petitions and applications will continue, uninterrupted. In fact, the only real impact on Department of Homeland Security operations will be that their web sites will not be actively managed. Portions of ICE and CBP are deemed to be essential functions and will continue operations.

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