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 "...Comprehensive Immigration Reform Consternation" 
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The 38 Words that Created Comprehensive Immigration Reform Consternation
by: Sally Odell





The entire nation was waiting with breath held for more information on the status of comprehensive immigration reform. All they got were 38 words that didn’t say much.

Comprehensive immigration reform is still very much a hot topic for many Americans and the legal community. Just ask any immigration lawyer in Miami. Overall, although these diverse groups have their own reasons for being interested, the status and eventual fate of comprehensive immigration reform will have a huge impact on human rights. Of course, human rights is something that we need to all be aware of, as they go to the very foundation of what makes the US the great country that it is.

When people were waiting for the State of the Union address, many felt they would hear what the status of immigration reform would be; how it would proceed; and when it would be put into place. All hopes were dashed when the President only referred to immigration reform in the context of the whole speech in one 38 word sentence: “ … and we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system to secure our borders and enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation."

What this sentence means in terms of implementing comprehensive immigration reform is unclear. What it means in terms of the reform proceeding, well, that’s unclear as well. What it means in terms of legal issues is also unclear, as any skilled immigration lawyer in Miami will attest.

There are several lines of thought about this “damned with faint praise” throw away sentence. Some feel the administration is weary of the health care reform fiasco and all the criticism, and want to leave immigration – a really hot potato – for another year; one where there are no elections. Others think the administration just bit off more than it can chew successfully in one year.

No matter what people think, the facts are that something – some version of the bill dealing with comprehensive immigration reform – is bound to surface again. Many feel that might be the House version of the bill, tagged as HR 4321 and that it has the likelihood of eventually being passed into law.

There’s a growing tidal wave of opinion that indicates it’s unlikely the Republicans will be able to permanently stall or even block comprehensive immigration reform. It’s like the train that has already left the station. Will that train make it to its destination this year? The answer to that is unclear and thus those potentially impacted by this bill continue to wait and wait and wait. And along with those people waiting, so waits the legal community for some clarity on this issue as well, as the answers will also impact on how an immigration lawyer in Miami practices immigration law.

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Sally Odell - Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, PA is an immigration lawyer in Miami with immigration law offices in Orlando and Miami Florida. To learn more, visit http://www.rifkinandfoxisicoff.com.
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http://www.rifkinandfoxisicoff.com



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