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Immigration Reform for Justice

The majority of Americans want immigration reform. Yesterday, as reported by Lee Davidson in the Salt Lake City Tribune, Leon Rodriguez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), spoke to a convention of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network at the Salt Lake City Sheraton Hotel. He said that the word "justice" is completely absent from our immigration and naturalization system. According to the Director, it is time to change that. Congress should act to make the immigration system more just. "Real justice will come when we have reform," Rodriguez said. According to him, the immigration system we have today an obsolete and archaic scheme that "does not reflect our economy, does not reflect our demographics, and--above all--our values." A scheme that routinely separates immediate families is not just and does not comport with American values.

Mr. Rodriquez lauded President Obama's executive actions seeking to defer the deportation of millions (even though that action has been temporarily halted by a Federal lawsuit filed by Texas, Utah and 24 other (mostly) Republican states). Rodriguez said this stay does not discourage him. "I am not depressed. I want you to know I am not frustrated" because justice will come only with reform passed by Congress "that gives us a path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants. According to him, Obama's executive actions are only "the path to actual reform."

With the executive action effort stalled, Rodriguez said, it's time to ask critics, "How would you solve the problem? If Obama's path is not the path you want, how would you solve the problem?" He added, "As dark as it looks right now, it is really just part of the path to reform that we all know is necessary.... We have to just keep coming at it and coming at it. I believe the time is not far away when we will really be working off a legal platform that is a just platform, that is one that reflects our values."

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 where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.

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