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.
In a press statement, Rep. Denham stated: "I support an earned path to citizenship to allow those who want to become citizens to demonstrate a commitment to our country, learn English, pay fines and back taxes and pass background checks. This is a common-sense solution to our broken system."
Also this weekend, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) made a public commitment for a road to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. He stated: "I'm one of those that does not believe that people having been in this country... illegally now should be barred from that path to citizenship because we have not enforced the law. . . . And, of course, I'd like to see the whole immigration code simplified and rewritten so that somebody besides God could understand it."
On Sunday, the New York Times Editorial Board in "Not One More", offered suggestions on how President Obama can move forward without Congressional action in. The three suggestions were: "stop needless deportation" by acknowledging the impact of programs like Secure Communities and Operation Streamline, "acknowledge the crisis" by highlighting the human costs of the broken system, and "get beyond politics" by listening to the calls of advocates urging him to act.
In order to obtain the legislative reform that is so badly needed, it will be necessary to convince the Republican caucus that such reform is not only in the national interest, bit is also in their best interest.
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.