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Immigration Reform and Terrorism

You would not think that immigration reform and terrorism would be part of a major appropriations bill. However, yesterday, Congress released the 2016 omnibus appropriations bill that would fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September 30, 2016). The attorneys at Miley & Brown join with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in applauding Congress for passing a bill that, among other things, largely rejects efforts that would force through anti-immigrant or anti-refugee proposals that have been offered by some members of Congress. Such proposals arise largely from over reaction and fear. That is exactly what the terrorists would want us to do. I think we should take a cue from the British (and the French), "keep a stiff upper lip and carry on." Miley & Brown also joins with AILA to voice our deep disappointment that Congress included changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which discriminate against nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Sudan, as well as people who travel to those countries. We believe that targeting a group of people based upon their religion only serves to alienate those persons and that this, in turn, makes our country less safe and secure.  We are living in a time when engaging with and working with our Muslim friends (and our friends of all religions) is necessary in our fight against terrorism. Let us remember that there are ties between all men and women living on this earth.

At Miley & Brown, P.C., we applaud any efforts that will help move smart immigration strategies forward, even without true immigration reform. We can all help. Visit Miley & Brown at http://www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them what you think.

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