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Immigration back on the rise

We knew it was only a matter of time before immigration would pick up again. 

http://www.scpr.org/blogs/multiamerican/2014/10/13/17416/in-immigration-news-economy-spurs-us-bound-migrati/

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ACLU stands up for immigrant's rights in Arizona

Too often we turn a blind eye to abuse suffered by the most vulnerable people in our society. Our humanitarian culture should be manifested by our immigration laws. The ACLU is standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-immigration-lawsuit-20140925-story.html

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Obama's options when it comes to immigration law

Many people are are giving their opinion as to what the president can and can't do when it comes to immigration reform.  Immigration law is very difficult to understand.  That is why so many people rightfully turn to an immigration lawyer in order to make sense of things.  CNN has a great article about what the president can and can't do when it comes to dealing with our immigration system.

Click here to read the CNN article

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Common sense adjustment Immigration Policy

When it comes to Washington gridlock few issues are more baffling than immigration.  It seems that there are at least a few adjustments that everyone can agree on, but even those adjustments cannot get traction.  It looks like the Obama administration is trying to take unilateral action in the absence of legislation. The administration has proposed new immigration rules in the hopes of common sense reform one step at a time.  For the longest time the US has been missing out on some great worldwide talent because of strict regulations on H1-B visa workers.  Generally when their visa has expired they have a difficult time becoming permanent residents.  These people are the professors, computer programmers, and engineers that give the US economy the competitive advantage in the world.  Further, they aim to make ease restrictions on the spouses of H1-B visa holders.  They will be allowed to obtain employment authorizations. 

For the sake of our economy and our security we need common-sense immigration reform that makes immigration legal and efficient... In the meantime, we will continue to make improvements in the areas where we can make a difference

-DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

The world only has so much talent.  In the US we are fortunate enough to be the desired destination for a lot of this talent.  We should make the process for these individuals and their families easy as we receive great economic benefit from their presence here.  It’s somewhat telling that a big proponent of this kind of reform is Silicon Valley.  Even Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has voiced his concern over this issue.  I think as a country we’d be wise to listen to these people as the tech companies seem to be powering the next generation of the US economy. 

Passing immigration reform is a moral obligation that also makes good economic sense... These individuals are American families in waiting

-Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

I think it’s a step in the right direction.  We should not be aggravating these people and making their lives difficult with archaic and seemingly pointless rules.  We should be grateful for their presence and contribution and welcome them as the productive and positive force they are. 

To read more about this read this article.  

Licensing for Undocumented Immigrants how California Continues to lead the way

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Licensing for Undocumented Immigrants how California Continues to lead the way

Once again California is leading the way.  Most who have dealt with the immigration system in this country have waited anxiously for any kind of solution coming out of Washington.  Some states have chosen to take action. Even though the states are very limited in their power some have chosen to lead instead of wait or follow.  California is consistently choosing to lead.  They are trying to make life easier for undocumented immigrants while the federal government sits around and fights its seemingly insurmountable inertia. California leads the nation in efforts to integrate immigrants living here illegally into mainstream society, providing them with driver's licenses, college scholarships and protection from deportation for minor crimes.  A new bill introduced would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain professional licenses in California.   The LA times has a great article on the subject click here to read it.  I applaud the effort.

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