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Will comprehensive immigration reform happen in 2014?

Many individuals who regularly read this blog are likely anxiously waiting for federal lawmakers to once again take up the topic of immigration reform. Though the matter was addressed by the Senate last summer it stalled in the House of Representatives. There is no doubt that many residents of Southern Florida would likely benefit from a change in the nation’s immigration laws.

The bill the Senate passed last summer outlined the course certain undocumented residents of the United States could take. It proposed a 13-year process that would first lead to legal status and later to citizenship. Now, more than six months later, members of the House of Representatives are indicating that they may be able to take up the matter. Whether it will in fact happen could depend on how the congressional elections coming up this fall, play out.

Should the House of Representatives decide to consider the matter many believe it will be on its own terms. This would likely mean the process would be a long one. It would not just be a matter of the House picking up where the Senate left off.

Individuals who are currently living in the U.S. undocumented are not the only ones who could benefit from the passage of a comprehensive immigration bill. Many businesses seeking a wide variety of experience, from unskilled to high-tech specialists, would welcome the opportunity to hire qualified individuals.

While the nation waits for immigration reform to be resolved, there may be steps that can be taken now by both individuals and businesses to achieve their immigration goals. The best place to start is with an immigration lawyer.

Source: Reuters, “U.S. immigration reform advocates see new hope in 2014,” Richard Cowan, Jan. 17, 2014

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