Week Ending July 19
This week in immigration reform: a House committee prepares to hold a hearing on DREAMers, while President Obama reaffirms his commitment to a road to citizenship in immigration reform legislation; NCLR Affiliates continued contacting their members of Congress this week, urging members to step up and lead on comprehensive reform that includes a road to citizenship. NCLR staff kept the community informed on the latest in immigration reform, with staff quoted in stories by The Washington Post and VOXXI.
Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the first major immigration bill since 2007! After months of negotiation, the group of Senators known as the “gang of 8,” introduced a bipartisan agreement for a workable solution to the country’s broken immigration system. If passed as is currently written, the bill would strengthen our economy and security, would keep families from being torn apart, would bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, and would modernize our legal immigration system.
Many immigrants may be confused about what the bill means for them and their families. The truth is that the bill introduced this week is only a proposal; it must still work its way through Congress and will undoubtedly be altered in many ways before being approved. Unfortunately, unlicensed and unqualified individuals, known as notarios, are increasingly taking advantage of this confusion and maliciously—and illegally—offering costly legal immigration advice to unsuspecting immigrants.