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Immigration Reform Update:
Congress is on summer recess. The Senate has passed a bill. The House has not voted on an immigration reform measure yet. However, there is movement in the House. The success of DACA, the program to give work authorization to children brought to this country illegally by their parents, has become a rallying point for new efforts in the House. This is a step in the right direction if we are going to see a change in the immigration law that everyone agrees is broken.
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-flashpoint-legal-status-for-children-of-illegal-immigrants/2013/08/12/a8d69612-fea4-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story.html?utm_source=AILA+Mailing&utm_campaign=3964f15ea3-AILA8_8_14_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3c0e619096-3964f15ea3-286474273

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Immigration Reform Update 06/25/2013
The Senate officially passes amendment to comprehensive immigration reform act to dramatically increase border control at US Mexican border. The passage of this amendment begins the final round of voting on amendments before it goes for a final vote. This is a good indicator that the legislation will probably pass the Senate. Meanwhile there seems little motivation or momentum in the House to address immigration reform. The legislation is at a critical juncture. If the House leadership is unwilling to address immigration reform the reform effort will stall.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/25/the-senate-is-going-to-pass-immigration-reform-and-the-house-doesnt-care/

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IMMIGRATION REFORM UPDATE 
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With the added border security provisions, the Senate leadership has the votes it needs to vote on and pass the comprehensive immigration reform act.  This will put political pressure on the House of Representatives to consolidate their piecemeal approach and introduce their own immigration bill. The next area of focused attention will be on eligibility for public benefits. We will probably see much greater restrictions on public benefits in any final version of the legislation
 http://my.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20130621/f8db01aa-3550-44ae-8fbe-e55246e6f67c

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Immigration Reform Update
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The new Senate bill has been set for debate and amendments before the full Senate this month. Initially the debate will be border enforcement. Republicans want assurances placed in the law that provide stronger guarantees for border security. Some Republicans want border security to be a condition precedent to legalization.  There are also concerns about the federal rights of those granted temporary legal status under the legalization provisions. Issues such as income tax credits, medical insurance credits and back taxes are likely topics for debate and amendments.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/us/politics/immigration-legislation-draws-many-amendments-as-it-heads-to-floor.html?

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New Immigration Law Video
Removal of Conditional Status

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Immigration Reform Update 05/16/2013
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The U.S. House of Representatives is struggling to develop a bipartisan bill on immigration reform. Two issues are delaying their progress—agreement on an unskilled temporary worker program and health care coverage for those illegally in the US who will gain legalized status. The Senate, meanwhile, has been moving forward with Committee hearings and amendments to the bipartisan Senate bill.  The House is under pressure to develop a bill that will complete with the Senate bill.  At present, the Senate is driving the policy discussion on the issue of immigration reform.  The leadership in the House has been unable to offer an alternative proposal for reform.
http://my.earthlink.net/article/pol?guid=20130516/812c66b9-d0a7-43c4-b6b1-f2259f6d0c5b

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Immigration Reform Update
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Now that the public discussion of the Senate bill has begun, it is clear that the bill needs to become stricter to succeed.  The cold reality is the bill will not pass the Republican House if border enforcement is not achieved.  The current bill’s “plan” to close the Mexican border to illegal immigrants is not sufficient to gain the needed votes.  Many Republicans want legalization to be conditional on “achieving” a closed border. I also expect the legalization component to become much stricter. Expectations in the immigrant community will have to change. Eligibility is going to move from the “right to apply” to the “privilege to apply”.  Further discussion about eligibility for “public benefits” will also have to be addressed.

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Video on the Fiancé Visa

What is a Fiance Visa?

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Immigration Reform Update :  www.thomaslangfordlaw.com 
Now that the Senate has a written bill under consideration, there is a shift from policy to politics. The President recently warned liberals that they are not going to get a more liberal bill and should accept the bipartisan compromise. The political reality is that the Republicans control the House of Representatives and they are preparing a bill that will be stricter than the Senate bill. Once that happens, the discussion will shift to reconciling the two bills. The real political debate will be convincing the House leadership to accept the Senate version.  The political reality is that concession will have to be made to the Republicans to get a comprehensive bill passed—that probably means more restrictions on legalization not fewer.

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Video summarizing the details of the Senate's proposed legalization program.

Proposed Legalization (Provisional Status) Program
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