Immigration reform one step closer to becoming reality
The immigration reform bill has passed the Senate, moving citizenship for undocumented immigrants closer to reality, but it is uncertain whether the House will even consider it.
August 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Immigration reform one step closer to becoming reality
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This year, lawmakers from both parties have been working on a piece of legislation that would reform the current immigration laws. In Massachusetts, a rally was held in April to encourage Congress to pass that legislation which would provide a way for immigrantsto become citizens according to the Boston Herald.
Nationally, it is estimated that over 11 million of the 40.4 million immigrants that live in the United States are undocumented and, therefore, have no legal status. Massachusetts has over 300,000 residents with a green card; the number of immigrants without documents is unknown. Many of those immigrants have lived in the U.S. for decades and have established families and businesses, contributing to local and regional economies.
The U.S. Senate recently gave its approval to that legislation with a vote of 68 to 32, according to The Huffington Post. The Senate's passing of the bill means that immigrants may be one step closer to achieving a citizenship path. The legislation does not provide solutions for every issue that faces immigration but it does contain some key components which are:
-Increases in border security.
-Green cards for immigrants brought to the United States as children within five years.
-Green cards withheld from immigrants without documentation until 20,000 additional border agents are deployed.
-700 mile border fence.
-E-Verify mandates for businesses.
-Tracking for foreign nationals to make sure they don't stay beyond the terms of their visas.
Those who voted against the bill point out that there is no guarantee that the bill will actually do what it says it will do in terms of border security. Therefore, they point out that all the bill would do is allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country without fear of deportation, essentially giving them amnesty.
Will the House follow?
Now that the Senate has passed the bill, pressure is being put on the U.S. House to encourage its members to also pass the bill. However, it is uncertain whether the House will even vote on the bill. Some lawmakers are already threatening to vote against the bill if it is introduced and some representatives want to come up with their own bill on immigration reform.
The House may not even consider any legislation on immigration reform; some members expressed that they did not want to discuss the issue. Others feel that immigrants who entered the country illegally should not be rewarded for essentially breaking the law.
There are many options available to immigrants who desire to stay and live in the U.S. and it would be beneficial to meet with an experienced immigration attorney in your area.
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