Immigration reform is still possible. There! I've said it again. Despite a January 8th letter to President Obama from 16 misguided Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives, immigration reform is still possible. In my view, those Representatives do not understand or are not interested in the reality. They wrote to President Obama rejecting his call for immigration reform. These sixteen (including Texas' Lamar Smith and Steve Stockman) suggest that somehow, NOT passing immigration reform will somehow create jobs for U.S. workers and increase the wages of those who are presently working.
Despite those efforts, it appears that the House of Representatives is moving forward with plans to reform immigration this year. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has said that Mr. Goodlatte is helping him to prepare principles that will guide House action on this issue this year. Mr. Goodlatte has indicated that these principles would NOT include a direct "path to citizenship". Rather, this plan would offer a kind of provisional legal status to illegal immigrants. This would be a status they could hold until such time as they could apply for permanent residence through the normal channels of family or employment sponsorship. This permanent residence or the "green card" is a crucial step toward attaining U.S. citizenship further down the road.
In a report published Tuesday, the National Foundation for American Policy (a nonpartisan rewearch group) estimated that between 4.4 million and 6.5 million illegal immigrants could gain an eventual pathway to citizenship through such a plan.
We at Miley & Brown, P.C. applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. Visit us at www.mileybrown.com where you can contact one of our attorneys and contact Congress.