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Thread: Article: The Status of Immigration Reform in Congress by Ann Cun

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    Article: The Status of Immigration Reform in Congress by Ann Cun

    The Status of Immigration Reform in Congress


    Ann Cun

    Last week, we highlighted some of the legislative bills currently pending in the House as a response to the Senate’s CIR bill S.744.  What progress has Congress (specifically the House of Representatives) made to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation?  Aside from having introduced a bevy of immigration-related bills, since April-June of this year, the House has not made much progress on immigration reform.  House Republicans, who currently make up a majority, are refusing to support the Senate’s CIR bill S.744.

    Recently, the New York Times (and many other news outlets) reported that illegal immigration to the U.S. may be on the upswing, according to the latest polls from the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project.  Though, Pew cautioned the results aren’t enough for a conclusive confirmation.

    One would think that a potential upswing illegal immigration to the U.S. would be cause for the House to act swiftly on immigration reform.  In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, House Republicans have publicly proclaimed they are committed to immigration reform.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte confirmed at House members are working on new immigration legislation – four of them!

    In the meantime, tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg, have actively spoken out in favor of immigration reform, and even visiting Washington D.C. to highlight the dire need for Congressional members to act quickly on immigration reform.

    “The Cost of Doing Nothing”

    The delay in passing immigration reform legislation isn’t just causing dismay in many communities, but also a loss of opportunities, revenue, and economic benefit to the U.S.  Buzzfeed is currently circulating the various impacts the cost of Congress doing nothing to advance immigration reform is having on the U.S., accompanied by funny videos.  The data is derived from the Immigration Policy Center’s recent report issued on Monday, September 23, 2013.

    In that report, the Immigration Policy Center highlight various impacts of the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration policies have had in the past decade:

    • Significant increase in funds allocated for border patrol

    • Increase in the number of human deaths as a result of border crossings

    • Increase in the separation of U.S. born children from their immigrant parents

    • The economic cost of missed opportunities resulting from legalized immigrants’ abilities to command higher wages

    The report echoes the earlier findings produced by the Congressional Budget Office on the Senate’s CIR bill, S.744, which we reported in detail earlier this past June.

    Short of waiting for 2014 election efforts to truly motivate House politicians, or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s version of immigration reform, we’ll have to wait to see if the House makes good on its proclamations for immigration reform.

    About The Author

    Ann Cun is a U.S. based immigration attorney who has helped companies in the technology, science, business, sports, entertainment and arts fields secure complex work visas for their employees. With more than a decade of experience as a paralegal and attorney, Ms. Cun possesses a stellar record of success. Her legal expertise also includes conducting internal I-9 audits for companies and developing I-9 compliant strategies and solutions. She is a graduate of UCLA and UC Hastings School of Law and has been invited to speak by the Bar Association of San Francisco and the American Immigration Lawyers Association on U.S. immigration related topics, as well as other international conferences. Ms. Cun is a contributing author and currently serves as Counsel and Principal Editor for LawLogix Group.

    The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) alone and should not be imputed to ILW.COM.

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    Let us hope that the four bills that Committee Chairman Goodlatte claims to have in process but won't tell us the contents of are better than the four others which his committee has already reported out. None of those four bills deals with the issue of legalization, let alone eventual citizenship for 11 million unauthorized immigrants, and one of them, so far as I am aware, has a deadly poison pill - namely putting states such as Arizona and Alabama back in the business of immigration enforcement, thereby effectively overturning the Supreme Court's Arizona v. US decision last year.

    Given the fierce GOP opposition to comprehensive reform we have seen in the House to date, we need more than a few bills of unknown content which may be floating around, or a few vague, ambiguous statements by House GOP leaders which could mean anything or nothing, to have any real hope for immigration reform in the House.

    All that we have seen to date from the House Republicans is a shell game, or a rehash of the old Broadway play - Waiting for Godot. That is not a realistic basis for being hopeful about the chances for immigration reform, even though I would like to be optimistic about this too if I could.

    Roger Algase, Attorney at Law
    Last edited by ImmigrationLawBlogs; 09-30-2013 at 11:57 PM.

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