Immigration Lawyer Sees New Immigration Reform Bill as Step in the Right Direction
Just before Congress ended its last session before the November elections, two senators introduced a bill that could be the last best chance for the U.S. to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2010 - Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.B. 3932, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. By addressing proposals on border, interior and worksite enforcement, legalization, and future flows of immigration, the bill offers a wide approach to filling the holes that the current immigration system lacks.
“It is satisfying to see Congress making a solid effort at overhauling our broken system,” said Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee. “If this act passes, it will strengthen border security and immigration enforcement, but also create a path to citizenship and integration for undocumented workers.”
The act would increase border security by providing more funding for Customs and Border Protection officers in the southwestern states, while adding more judges and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators. It would also improve training for Homeland Security officers.
It also includes tools that insure all employers use federal verification systems, and provides protections for workers who are unfairly categorized by those systems. It creates a path to citizenship for people who meet qualifications, pass background checks, pay any back taxes owed and pass the usual citizenship and language requirements.
In addition to a bill introduced in the House last winter by Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), both parts of Congress now have a tool for creating serious discussions about reform. Congress may make a last-ditch effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform after the elections in November, but before the new senators and representatives take their seats in January. These bills come as a response to the public’s demand for solutions to the current system, which many view as weak or unfair.
“Republicans and Democrats have agreed that the system needs to be overhauled,” Banerjee said. “They can agree that immigration plays some role in all of the country’s problems, whether it is national security health care or the economy. The problem arises when they actually try to do something about it. Neither can agree on what is best course of action. This bill helps to solve that issue by addressing many problems at once.”
Annie Banerjee is a Houston immigration attorney in Houston Texas specializing in helping people become United States citizens. The law offices assist in Visas and other legal immigration requirements as well.
To learn more, visit http://www.visatous.com.
Law Offices of Annie Banerjee
131 Brooks Street Suite #300
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
Phone: (281) 242-9139
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