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ByPhillip Kim

Hope for Immigration Reform to Unite Families

Families separated by the U.S. and Mexican border hope that immigration reform will bring them back together. To read more about immigration reform, read Juan Carlos Llorca’s article below:

Married Couples Split By Border Hope Immigration Reform Brings Relief

Falcon, like others who married or are closely related to people who have a lifetime ban from the United States, hopes legislation to be introduced by Texas freshman U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke will provide relief from their situation.

The bill is aimed at providing discretionary authority to judges and Department of Homeland Security officials when the person who is in deportation, ineligibility or inadmissibility proceedings is an immediate family member of a U.S. citizen.

O’Rourke, a Democrat, said he will introduce it once Congress returns Sept. 9.

The bill also would remove the requirement that U.S. citizens have to demonstrate “extreme hardship” in order to apply for a waiver for their relative or spouse. Therefore, if they can demonstrate the removal or inadmissibility would create a hardship for the U.S. citizen, the judge or DHS official would have to rule in favor of the family.

And the bill would let people who have been deemed inadmissible for life, like Valtierra, to ask for a waiver.

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ByPhillip Kim

Reasons Why Immigration Reform Might Pass

Immigration reform advocates are hopeful and many predict the odds are in their favor for the passage of the immigration reform bill. To read more about immigration reform, read Robert Creamer’s article below:

Top Five Reasons why Immigration Reform Is Likely to Pass This Year

In fact, there are many good reasons to predict that the odds are very good the GOP House Leadership will ultimately allow a vote on an immigration reform bill containing a pathway to citizenship this year. If such a bill is called, the odds are close to one hundred percent that it will pass.

That is because, right now, there are more than enough votes on the floor of the House to pass immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship if it is given an up or down vote. The only question now is whether the House Leadership decides that it is in their political interest to call the bill.

The GOP leadership understands that if an immigration reform bill passes, the Democrats will get the credit with key immigrant constituencies and many suburban swing voters. But they are also coming to realize that if they do not call the bill, they will get the blame with those same constituencies – and that could lead to both short-term and-long term disaster for the Republican Party.

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ByPhillip Kim

Prevent Removal from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a provision to allow those who meet the specific USCIS guidelines to be deferred from removal and possibly be eligible for employment authorization.

You may be considered for DACA if:

– you came to the United States before age 16
– you’ve resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2012
– you were under age 31 on June 15, 2012
– you entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15 or your lawful immigration status expired by June 15, 2012
– you attend school, have graduated from high school, or are an honorably discharged veteran
– you have not committed a crime
– you were physically present on June 15, 2012 at the time of requesting for DACA.

Upon obtaining evidence for these requirements, file your application for DACA, submit biometrics/fingerprinting, and continue checking the status of your application.

ByPhillip Kim

Advocacy for Immigration Reform During August Recess


As representatives are on their August recess, advocates for immigration reform from all districts are making their voices heard. To read more about immigration reform, read Julie Chavez Rodriguez’s article below:

Bipartisan Support for Immigration Reform Mounts During August Recess

As members of Congress go home to their districts for the August recess, they are hearing directly from Americans of all political stripes who are calling for a vote on commonsense immigration reform. In hundreds of town hall meetings, business roundtables, vigils, pilgrimages and rallies across the country, supporters of immigration reform including evangelicals, business owners, labor and law enforcement leaders, are asking their representatives to pass legislation to fix our broken immigration system as soon as they return to Washington in September.

Pro-reform supporters are making waves across the country as they continue to build momentum for immigration reform. The broad coalition of constituents who support reform is stronger and more bipartisan than ever. They have a clear message: Congress must work to fix our immigration system as soon as members return to the Capitol this fall.

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ByPhillip Kim

Latinos Continue Immigration Reform Advocacy

While the decision of immigration reform is still up in the air, Latino Republicans continue working towards the immigration issue. To read more about immigration reform, please read Sandra Lilley’s article below:

For Years, Latino Republican Negotiates on Immigration Reform

While the momentum around possible immigration reform legislation in the House has focused on the last few months, one Latino Republican has been working on the issue on Capitol Hill for about a decade. Cesar Gonzalez, chief of Staff to Florida Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, is one of a very small group of senior legislative aides who has been sifting through the complexity of immigration laws to try to reach agreement across the aisle. His boss, Rep. Diaz-Balart, is part of a group of 7 trying to craft bipartisan legislation in the House.

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ByPhillip Kim

Latinos Take Action for Immigration Reform: Will You Join?

As the House continues to debate over the issue of immigration reform, the Latino community is rallying to take action and have their voices heard.

To learn more about the updates of immigration reform and how the Latino community is advocating for undocumented immigrants, please read Bary Alyssa Johnson’s article below:

Immigration Reform News 2013: Latino Community Uniting to Fight House Over Immigration Reform

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights advocacy organization in the U.S., is hosting its annual conference this week, and a key topic being addressed shouldn’t be surprising: immigration reform.

Over 5,000 Latinos from all across the country have gathered together to unite in the fight for immigration reform, vowing to use their increasing political clout to push the House of Representatives to vote in favor of the comprehensive Senate reform bill, according to NCLR.

A town hall held this week at the conference focused on the moral, economic and political imperatives for winning reform. The discussion was headlined by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., and brought together experts, advocates and political strategists to make the case for reform and to discuss the efforts underway to get Congress to deliver tangible solutions.

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ByPhillip Kim

Immigration Reform – 15 Vacancies in the Department of Homeland Security…Will It Affect You?

Will you be affected by the vacancies in the DHS? It was just announced that there will be 15 vacancies in September. This can have a large impact on immigration reform since top leaders are leaving. If you’d like to learn more, here’s some quick information from Lisa Barron of Newsmax.

Vacancies at DHS Could Impact Immigration Reform

The Department of Homeland Security, the largest agency in the federal government, soon will have at least 15 vacancies in top posts once Secretary Janet Napolitano leaves in September.

Lawmakers are concerned not only about the departure of Napolitano, but also of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton and other directors of various immigration departments, according to The Washington Times.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas told the Times that Napolitano’s departure “is a substantial addition to the growing list of unfilled key leadership positions within the department, and the administration should move swiftly to fill the gaping holes in its management.”

But as Congress continues to work on overhauling the immigration system, Morton’s departure is drawing the most attention. Once he leaves, immigration enforcement efforts will be without top leaders not only at ICE but also at Customs and Border Protection and at Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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