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Will immigration reform efforts continue in an election year?

Many come to the United States for various reasons. Whether they seek to visit the nation or make it their new home, sometimes steps need to be taken to accomplish this. This is especially true for those that have immigrated to America with their family to relocate here.

The leadership of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives plans to unveil a series of proposals that may give over 10 million undocumented people the ability to stay in the United States legally. Furthermore, if this proposal moves forward, the children of so-called "illegal" immigrants will be afforded a legal route to US citizenship.

The question right now is whether the Republican leadership will be willing to move forward with such a highly controversial issue that would risk dividing the party in what is looking at this point like a promising election year. Some prominent political thinkers have actively encouraged the House's leadership to avoid putting the topic at the forefront of its agenda anytime soon.

On the other hand, other members of the House may be hoping to recover a portion of the Latin American vote by taking a softer stance on immigration now rather than later.

The Senate's current proposal, which the House must approve before becoming law, would provide illegal immigrants an opportunity to receive US citizenship. However, the House leadership has indicated that it would not take action on the Senate's proposal, preferring instead to come up with its own plan for immigration reform that will probably not offer such broad benefits to adult immigrations who do not have documentation.

No matter what the final version of the Congress's immigration reform package looks like, it no doubt will create a variety of new legal issues and questions that could affect both immigrants and employers which wish to hire these immigrants. Both now and during the upcoming months, the services of an experienced immigration attorney may prove valuable. This will help protect the rights and interests of the immigrants affected by this, especially those that could benefit from these changes.

Source: The New York Times, "Top Republicans to call for legal status for some immigrants," Jonathan Weisman and Ashley Parker, Jan. 28, 2014.

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