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Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States,... more +
Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States, the term is often used to describe legislative efforts to remedy problems associated with illegal immigration, including protecting undocumented workers, expanding citizenship eligibility, and strengthening border security.   less -
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The Immigration Accountability Executive Actions: Ramifications for Business

On November 20 and 21, 2014, President Obama announced his plan for executive action on the United States’ immigration problems, known as the immigration accountability executive actions. The actions represent the most...more

How the New California Laws Will Impact Your Business in 2014 and Beyond, Part 3: California Immigration Related Legislation

The final post in this three-part series on the newly-signed legislation in California covers the three immigration-related bills that Governor Brown recently signed. I also discuss two significant bills that the governor...more

Eight Lawmakers Arrested in Immigration Rally

A massive immigration rally held last week resulted in the arrests of approximately 200 people, among them eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The protesters assembled outside the nation’s Capitol on October 8...more

President Celebrates Citizenship Day and the Contributions of Immigrants

This week, communities across the country are coming together to celebrate Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, The President celebrated the historical influence of immigrants of all backgrounds in his...more

Employment-based Immigration Changes in Federal Reform Package

Senate Bill No. 744, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, was introduced in the Senate on April 16, 2013, is now being considered by the House of Representatives, and will...more

Historic Immigration Bill Passes Senate but House May Have Its Own Agenda

Vice President Joe Biden presided over a historic session as the Senate passed its immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), last Thursday, June 27, 2013....more

Senate Approves Bill Overhauling Immigration Law

Last week the Senate passed its closely watched immigration reform bill, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, by a vote of 68-32. ...more

Supreme Court Decision On DOMA Should Provide Equal Access To Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to same-sex partners....more

Senate Passes Sweeping Immigration Bill

Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to pass a sweeping immigration bill that would put the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants on the path to American citizenship and invest $46 billion to increase border security...more

The Path to Citizenship in the Senate’s Immigration Reform Bill

Just yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a “border surge” amendment to the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act,” paving the way for possible cloture and full senate vote on the bill on or...more

Senate Committee Passes Immigration Bill

S. 744, the immigration bill that will change the game for U.S. immigration, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bill passed with a firm 13-5 bipartisan vote....more

Proposed Path to Citizenship Not Without Obstacles

The U.S. Senate’s “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013? contains a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who have been in this country since on or before...more

Senate Officially Unveils Proposal for a Path to Citizenship

Less than 10 days ago, the U.S. Senate put forward a legislative proposal entitled, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” which would provide millions of undocumented...more

Byzantine Pathways to Legal Immigration Need Reform

A recent post on the Washington Post’s WonkBlog brilliantly illustrates, with a Rube Goldberg style flow chart, just how complex and lengthy the pathways to legal immigration in the U.S. have become. A link to another flow...more

The Second Obama Term: President Outlines Major Immigration Overhaul

Second term begins with an increased focus on immigration issues; Congress signals bipartisan agreement on similar principles. On January 29, just a few weeks after President Barack Obama reconfirmed his commitment to...more

Immigration Reform Quickly Moving to the Top of Obama's Second Term Agenda by George C. Crawford

Prospects for action on a revamping of immigration policy continue to brighten after President Obama's second inaugural speech. Addressing the subject, the President said, "Our journey is not complete until we find a better...more

IMMIGRATION CLIENT ALERT: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This week, the promised launch of a new political effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Congress has taken off. Yesterday, eight Senators unveiled their outline of a bipartisan plan for comprehensive...more

Immigration Reform: Comparing the Senate Proposal with the White House Proposal

This week, both President Obama and the Senate announced frameworks for comprehensive immigration reform. The following is a comparison of key elements in each of the plans....more

Immigration Reform Update: What Do The Senate and Presidential Proposals Mean?

Now that the fiscal cliff has been dealt with, Immigration reform appears to be the next big item on the agenda for the President and Congress. Just this week both the Senate and the President unveiled a framework for...more

Chasing the Dream: Sorting Fact and Myth Is Biggest Obstacle to Immigration Reform

Originally published in ABA JOURNAL - May 2012. Consensus doesn't seem to have a place in policy discussions about the state of the U.S. immigration system. But there is, at least, widespread agreement that the system...more

Immigration Reform: A political catch phrase or a true glimmer of hope

This article highlights some of the viewpoints the Republican candidates have been throwing around about immigration reform; it also elaborates on these proposals and discusses whether or not they will work....more

A Final Chance for 2010 Immigration Reform

Just before Congress ended its last session to allow for re-election campaigning, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. This bill, which will...more

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