Some estimates provide that there are between 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants hiding in the shadows in the United States. These immigrants hide as they are not part of a system, which provides access to legal equality or work opportunities.
Undocumented immigrants further lack the access to obtain basic identification documents which are necessary for renting, buying or establishing credit. Additionally, they lack access to higher education opportunities and other daily vehicles which US Citizens, residents and inspected visitors have in this country.
For these and many other reasons, immigration reform is needed. We cannot forget that the United States is a country of immigrants. Reform is needed not only for humanitarian reasons but also for reasons of security from foreign threats and to fix a US system that is inherently flawed.
Immigration reform will impact those immigrants who are out of legal authorized status and those who have managed to make into the United States without documentation. Immigration reform will also help those who are in deportation proceedings. There are also many other who will benefit and have benefited from immigration reform. As such, a face needs to be placed on immigration reform.
The Obama administration has begun this by placing a face on the innocence who have been brought to a country where they lack any true rights as they lack status through the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This is only one face to the problem. Another face of this problem are those immigrants who would otherwise qualify for some form of immigration relief based on their familial status but are inhibited from soliciting help as the bureaucratic nightmares for such relief is costly and cumbersome to navigate.
The proposed comprehensive immigration reform plan addresses the following six sections: (1) enhanced border security, (2) "interior enforcement," such as preventing visa overstays, (3) preventing people from working without a work permit, (4) creating a committee to adapt the number of visas available to changing economic times, (5) 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, and (6) programs to help immigrants adjust to life in the United States.
What steps should I take to see if I qualify for Immigration Reform Options? You need to visit with an attorney or someone who can assist you in identifying options for your future and your family's future. After all, Immigration decisions are not limited to one person but affect entire families and communities.
The Law Office of Mario Flores is monitoring 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 email mailings to help you identify a path to citizenship, justice and equality.