RAISE Act Attacks Legal Immigration and Ignores Business and Family Needs

The Senate has proposed legislation that would have far-reaching consequences, drastically cutting legal immigration, favoring highly-skilled immigration substantially and reducing family sponsorship and unskilled labor. This simply ignores the benefits of legal immigration, family unity, chain immigration and the needs of US employers. The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, introduced by READ MORE

Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) under President Obama’s Immigration Reform

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a plethora of immigration benefits to fix many of the problems with US immigration law.  One of these was to expand deferred action to provide relief to some undocumented parents of US citizen and legal permanent resident children (DAP).  Deferred action is a type of prosecutorial discretion whereby READ MORE

Immigration Reform, Streamlining of High-Skilled Worker Cases and Deportation Relief

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his immigration reform plan to provide deportation relief for certain undocumented workers and streamline the immigration process for highly-skilled workers in the US.  His executive actions on immigration include the following: 1.  Deferred Action for Parents (DAP):  Parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents (of any age) READ MORE

US Senate Passes Immigration Reform Legislation

On June 27, 2013, in a vote of 68-32, the US Senate passed comprehensive immigration legislation (S. 744 “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Reform Act.”)  Passage of this bill is important, although it is not perfect, in order to advance real immigration reform, including increasing the number of visas for legal immigration (family and employment-based), READ MORE

Senate Could Pass Immigration Legislation by July 4th

Senator Charles Schumer (Democrat of NY) predicts that the Senate could pass the pending immigration reform legislation proposed by the bipartisan Gang of Eight by July 4th and that a strong vote in favor of it could sway the House Republicans.  Schumer hopes it will win 70 votes, including almost a majority of Republicans.  In the meantime, the Chairman of the READ MORE

A “Wiser” Lou Dobbs?

What an absolute political turn-around to hear Lou Dobbs, on the Bill O’Reilly Show on January 8, 2010, sound like a kindler, gentler (as he puts it -“wiser”) soul.  If Lou Dobbs can advocate a comprehensive immigration reform that allows for undocumented workers to remain in the US based on practical and humanitarian reasons, then READ MORE