With the passing of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson yesterday, the news about the "launch" of the immigration reform policy discussion passed under the radar for most people. As immigration attorneys in Los Angeles, Fong & Aquino advocates for a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system in the USA.
The President, Vice President, and pivotal cabinet members met with members of Congress from both parties to discuss the timing for and shape of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill expected to be introduced before the end of 2009.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in charge of evaluating the proposed bill.
There has also been speculation that because of the difficulty that the administration is having passing health care reform, serious discussion of CIR will be delayed until early 2010. Whether Congress gets to CIR this year or not, it is now time to contact officials to let them know you support CIR. Most especially, people should demand change that will:
- Allow gay and lesbian Americans to petition permanent resident status for their permanent domestic partners. This provision is known as the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA).
- Allow some undocumented students who graduate from American high schools, have good moral character, came the USA as children, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years to obtain legal permanent resident status. This provision is known as the Dream Act.
- Make provisions so that American businesses can obtain visas for talented foreign workers who can make US business more vibrant, competitive, and creative.
- Reduce the waiting time of families who have petitioned to bring loved ones to the USA. From certain countries, the wait time can be as long as 20 years.
Fong & Aquino supports the Obama administration's efforts to reform and streamline the immigration process. --jcf