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Immigration Reform in the Works for Congress

by Gamino Law Offices on 02/10/14

Though it’s been a long road to immigration reform, we may finally start seeing some progress within Congress. House Republican leaders have moved forward with a plan for undocumented immigrants to attain legal status, but it doesn’t come without limitations. 

House Republican leaders endorsed what can only be considered a limited path to legal status and it’s only applicable to certain undocumented immigrants. However, Democrats are optimistic. They argue that the legislation will pave the way for a more comprehensive legislation that will help all illegal immigrants obtain residency and/or citizenship.

According to the proposal, undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will be allowed to remain in the country and live legally if and only if they pass background checks, pay fines and back taxes, learn to speak English, understand U.S. civics, and support themselves without welfare. 

However, GOP leaders want to make border security improvement the priority before any legal status legislation becomes the main focus.  

All in all, the idea is a good one. There are millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S., and even here in Wisconsin. Many of these immigrants work hard and are only trying to improve their lives and those of their loved ones, but are held back because they keep getting denied legal status. Our immigration attorneys have helped hundreds of hard-working foreigners obtain green cards, work visas and citizenship, but there comes a point when the number of people being denied assistance is far too great.

There is already some tension within the GOP over the legislation. According to a Fox News report, House Speaker John Boehner told Republican members that the guidelines stipulated in the measure “are as far as we are willing to go."

Hey, it’s better than nothing, right? 

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