It is estimated that there are between 11 and 12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Many of these immigrants are in hiding because they are not part of a system that provides access to legal equality or work opportunities.
Why Immigration Reform is Needed
These undocumented immigrants also lack access to obtain basic identification documents needed for renting an apartment, buying a vehicle, or establishing credit. They lack access to higher education opportunities and other basic services that U.S. citizens, residents, and inspected visitors have.
These are just a few of the reasons immigration reform is needed in this country. Let us not forget that the United States is a country of immigrants. Reform is needed not only for humanitarian reasons; it is also needed for security from foreign threats and to fix a U.S. system that is inherently flawed.
The Benefits of Immigration Reform
Who is affected by immigration reform? Immigration reform will impact many immigrants who are out of legal authorized status and those who have entered into the United States without documentation. Immigration reform will also help those who are in deportation proceedings.
The Obama Administration has begun this process with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan. This affects children and young people who have been brought to a country by their parents, where they lack any true rights because they lack status.
Another problem that will be affected by immigration reform is that of immigrants who would otherwise qualify for some form of immigration relief based on their familial status, but who are unable to get help due to the cost of the bureaucratic process.
The proposed comprehensive immigration reform plan addresses the following six sections:
- Enhanced border security
- “Interior enforcement” such as preventing visa overstays
- Preventing people from working without a work permit
- Creating a committee to adapt the number of visas available to changing economic times
- An amnesty type of program to legalize undocumented immigrants only after legal immigrants waiting for a current priority date receive their permanent residence status and a different citizenship path for agricultural workers through an agricultural worker program
- Programs to help immigrants adjust to life in the United States
What steps should you take to see if you qualify for immigration reform options? You should consult with an attorney who can assist you in identifying options for your future. Immigration decisions are not limited to one person but affect entire families and communities.
The Law Office of Mario Flores monitors the ongoing debates regarding immigration reform and welcomes the opportunity to help all people come out of the shadows. Please contact our office to learn more about immigration reform or if you would like to receive general emails designed to help you identify a path to citizenship, justice, and equality.
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