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Immigration reform may see some life

Charleston residents have read past posts on this blog concerning the stall of immigration reform. As summer fast approaches, some may be skeptical that any change will happen in a midyear election. However, many in Congress are predicting some movement.

President Obama is expected, by some, to use his executive power to fine tune the current immigration policies and bypass the standstill that exists in Congress. President Obama is responsible for nearly two million deportation since he has been elected president. In hopes of quieting immigration activists, President Obama may act as early as this summer.

Some of the potential changes that people could see are with regard to making noncriminals and minor offenders lower deportation priorities. State congressmen are already evaluating measures that for immigrants to become legal U.S. citizens through channels that are already in place. In addition, measures are being taken to lessen the backlog of green card applications. The President, however, has declined to give a timetable as to when immigration reform would occur.

Until changes occur, it is vital that individuals understand the laws that are currently in place. If an individual is facing deportation, that person has a right to representation and a chance to speak on their own behalf. Some individuals may qualify for a visa based on their family or employment status. However, immigration law is very time sensitive. Applications and appeals must be timely filed.

Immigration is a complex area of law. Individuals who are facing immigration issues need to know their legal rights and options to ensure that justice is served in their case -- whether or not the President chooses to act.

Source: CNN News, "Maybe immigration reform isn't dead after all," April 21, 2014

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