Immigration Reform: Escaping the Shadows
Santa Rosa Immigration Attorney
More people in the U.S. than ever before are in favor of establishing a pathway to citizenship for people who are currently here illegally. Comprehensive immigration reform enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by the president would open the door to lawful permanent residency for more than 12 million immigrants, strengthening families across the country.
The Current System Is Out of Date
Our current immigration laws are really a patchwork of laws that do not work together. They are in desperate need of comprehensive reform. Whether through paying a fine or back taxes, or going through an application process, there needs to be a way for our large population of illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows and join the mainstream of our society.
Reuniting Families Through Citizenship
There are many possible reforms that have been discussed. One of them is to allow immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens to pay a fine in order to stay in the U.S. and have their status adjusted. This would stop the practice of breaking up families due to our out dated immigration laws.
It’s All They’ve Ever Known
For children of illegal immigrants, the United States may be the only place they have ever called home. While living here, these children have attended schools, volunteered in their communities and become a part of the social fabric of the United States. While their parents may have entered the United States illegally, children who have proven themselves to be model citizens should not have their dreams deferred. Legislation called the DREAM Act would create a path to citizenship for these students.
Check back frequently for any new developments on the immigration reform front. If you need the help of an experienced immigration lawyer on California’s North Coast, contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation.