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Federal immigration reform potentially moving forward

The Obama presidency has been marked by strings of successes and failures, though what constitutes progress and defeat can vary depending upon the interpreter. Charleston residents are free to form their own opinions of how the federal government has handled major issues of national concern, though one divisive matter may be moving toward a possible partisan reconciliation.

Republican members of the House of Representatives may announce a new immigration reform agenda in the near future. Expected to focus on controlling the nation's borders and enforcing immigration laws, it is speculated that the plan will also offer ways for non-legal immigrants to gain legal status for remaining in the United States.

It has been more than six months since the United States Senate passed an immigration reform bill, though that bill was met with some irritation by conservative members of the House. The House Republicans' new immigration legislation may suggest that the nation's two leading political parties are ready to work together on a matter important to millions of immigrants and their families.

While this new piece of legislation has yet to be unveiled its potential existence gives some hope to individuals seeking to gain residency status or US citizenship in the future. Gaining legal status in the United States can be an important step toward finding employment and enabling one's family to enter the United States as well.

Though Americans will have to wait and see if the President's plan to reform the nation's immigration system occurs before the end of his term, it certainly appears that such changes may be possible. Individuals who are interested in learning more about paths to legal residency and citizenship may choose to contact an immigration attorney to better understand their options for staying in the United States.

Source: The New York Times, "House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan," Ashley Parker and Jonathan Weisman, Jan. 25, 2014

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