Immigration Reform - OK It has been a while since I have posted a BLOG. However, this is just too much. This week, the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives voted to block the Department of Homeland Security from moving forward on the Presidential executive initiatives that would help to protect millions of immigrants from being deported. There was the 2012 executive action that protects a million or so children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents prior to their 16th birthday. They also voted to block the more recent executive action that would defer deportation for a slightly larger group of those same children plus many undocumented parents of U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident children. This is really about one of the three foundations upon which our immigration policy has been based for decades. The three pillars? Keep close family units together (the sanctity of the family), protect U.S. workers, and keep undesirables (criminals & terrorists) out of the U.S. he fear of deportation.
The Republican Congress simply does not "get it". They talk about family values. However, they vote in favor of measures that will split up families. Speaker John Boehner characterized the vote in the House as an effort to restrain the President's "unlawful" actions and not as an anti-immigrant action. However, the reality is that the House of Representatives has refused to pay any immigration reform legislation for the past several years.
There was an excellent editorial published in the New York Times today that should be required reading for EVERY legislator in both the House and the Senate. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/opinion/the-cruel-waste-of-americas-tech-talent.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share This editorial hi-lites a very specific way in which our broken immigration system hurts our country and forces highly qualified individual and job creators to leave the U.S.
The actions of the House on immigration matters are not only detrimental to family unity; they are detrimental to the future competitiveness of the United States.
We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. You can help make this happen by visit us at http://www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.