Immigration Reform is Here . . . . Almost
On January 29, 2013, the President made a speech in Las Vegas, calling for immigration reform. This speech, although did not mention the specific details of a proposed legislation, it did mention some broad principles upon which the President wants a bill to be tailored.
First, according to the President, there must be provisions made to secure our borders. Second, businesses and employers must comply with better identity checks of their employees so that everyone plays on a level playing field. Third, students who have attained advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), should be provided an option to acquire residency in the U.S.; to prevent the "brain drain" to competing countries and instead, to retain the professionals we train in our country. Fourth, children who were brought the United States against their will should be permitted to adjust their status. Fifth, there should be a path to citizenship for those individuals who meet certain conditions, including learning English and civics, and have passed a criminal background check. The U.S. Senate has also agreed to a similar preliminary frame work for further discussions.
These principles are commendable. Perhaps there should also be an emphasis on laxing residency requirements for investors. Such could be a boon to our sluggish economy.
Nonetheless, the details will be important. Hopefully, the above proposals will translate into meaningful details that will help us all to move forward as one nation. Stay tuned to our newsletters to get further updates on Immigration Reform.