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Immigration Reform - YES!

Immigration reform. THIS is more like it! Hillary Clinton goes big on immigration!

Last Tuesday, Hillary Clinton (Democratic presidential candidate) articulated the urgent need for immigration reform. She told students at Las Vegas' Rancho High School, "We can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship." If elected president next year, Clinton vowed that she would support immigration reform and protect deportation relief policies put forward by President Obama. She went on to say she would also expand those policies, "If Congress continues to refuse to act, as president I would do everything possible under the law to go even further." Importantly, Clinton said she believes that undocumented immigrants who are "at risk," including children and vulnerable people (e.g., transgender individuals), should not be detained, and that immigration should instead target violent, repeat criminals for deportation.

Additionally, the would-be Democratic nominee criticized the congressionally-mandated immigrant detention bed quota and the fact that private prison companies run many detention facilities, which she said gives them "a built-in incentive" to lock up immigrants. Said Clinton, "People go out and round up people in order to get paid on a per-bed basis. That just makes no sense at all to me. That's not the way we should be running any detention facility." Furthermore, she argued that those in deportation proceedings-at the very least, the young-should receive more legal representation. Comprehensive immigration reform is not just "the right thing to do," Clinton said, "it [also] strengthens families, strengthens our economy, and strengthens our country," which is why "we can't wait any longer" to fix America's broken immigration system.

Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, reacted by saying, "Hillary Clinton just bear-hugged immigrants and the immigration issue in a way that could shake up the entire 2016 race."

At Miley & Brown, P.C., we 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.

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