Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators proposed an immigration reform plan that just might gain the momentum we need to grant citizenship in a more efficient way! There are over 11 million undocumented workers here in the U.S that would love to be in the U.S. legally if the immigration system wasn’t leaving them in a legal limbo for years. This plan will allow these immigrants the opportunity to earn citizenship. The proposal shows a commitment by this group of eight Senators that represent both Republicans and Democrats and determined to take on Congress to collaborate and restore our broken immigration system.
However, there are many challenges ahead and will be heated debate. President Obama has made the overhaul of our immigration process one of his top priorities and will be pushing Congress too! The announced framework will undertake an overhaul of our borders, enhance our security infrastructures, make significant changes in processes, and frankly beliefs and attitudes toward immigrants. This is the first step, and this is what they propose to achieve:
- Create a pathway to U.S. citizenship: Keeping families together without fear of being deported before citizenship status is approved.
- Reforming the legal immigration system and attracting the “best and brightest”: Responding to labor demands, green cards for students who earn degrees in high tech program, and reducing backlogs for employee family based applications.
- Stronger employment verification: Verifying all documentation of employees hired and eliminating identity fraud. Increasing penalties for those who hired undocumented workers.
- Admitting new workers and protecting workers’ rights: Recognition of undocumented workers impact on our economy, now and for our economic future. Creating a path for them to work legitimately.
What this announcement means to you? Congress and the President have publicly committed to strengthening the “voices of those whose lives and livelihoods have been damaged by the failure to act.” We applaud this change in Washington and the push to fix this dysfunctional system. Pursuing authorized immigration status in order to realize dreams, will, require a lawyer who can guide you and your family through the immigration process.
Contact us or call 888.705.6592 to discuss your situation and to see if a path is available you now!