South Carolina residents may be aware that immigration reform has been stalled in Congress. It was nearly 300 days ago that the Senate first passed a bipartisan bill that has not gone anywhere. Advocates, house democrats and even actors have had enough and made a push for action.
House Democrats used a legislative tool to known as a discharge petition to force action on a comprehensive immigration bill that would provide a road to citizenship for nearly 11 million illegal immigrants, as well as strengthen border security. The petition would require the signature of 218 to force a vote on the bill. It is unlikely the required signatures could be acquired, as they would need the support of dozens of Republicans.
Advocates, businesses groups, religions and social leaders are demanding that reform be in place. Despite various demands and protests, Republicans are unlikely to take up the controversial issue in an election year. Those against reform feel that the bill would do harm to U.S. workers.
While immigration reform is stalled, it is important that those facing deportation or facing other immigration issues know there are ways to establish permanent residence in the United States. There are various visas that some could quality for, as well as family visas or green cards. Immigration can be a very complex area of law and may require experienced help. By knowing all the options available, people can do their best to avoid deportation and other negative immigration consequences until Congress decides to act.
Source: ABC News, "House Dems Try to Force Vote on Immigration," March 26, 2014