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Agreement on border security reportedly reached

It is likely that those who are interested in immigration matters in the United States have been paying close attention to the immigration legislation currently being discussed by the Senate, a component of which is a clear path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants. A complex, even sometimes divisive issue, the immigration bill has not had a clear path. Certain aspects have particularly proven to be contentious, such as those concerning the security of the nation's borders. Some lawmakers apparently felt that there was not enough security being offered. 

Earlier this week it appears that some headway may have been made on that issue. According to recent reports, an agreement regarding the matter has been reached. Allegedly the agreement includes not only fencing covering 700 miles of the border, but an increase in the number of border patrol agents. The agreed upon number is apparently twice what was initially proposed. The change, which could mean that the bill will be ready for a Senate vote, comes at a price, approximately $30 billion.

There are likely many undocumented immigrants in the Miami area who are interested in residing in the country permanently. Many of them are probably waiting to take action until the immigration overhaul is passed. While there are undoubtedly some individuals for whom a change in the law will greatly impact, for others, there may be action that can be taken now. Changes to immigration policies in the U.S. are nothing new. It is an ever-changing area of law which makes it vital for those seeking assistance in immigration matters, to work with lawyers who routinely handle such cases.

Source: NBC News, "Senators reach border deal, smoothing path to immigration overhaul," Kasie Hunt and Carrie Dann, June 20, 2013

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