Immigration & Criminal Defense Attorneys

IMMIGRATION REFORM

What is Immigration Reform?

“Immigration reform” is a hot button issue in United States politics. The term means different things to different people, but it generally encompasses public discourse regarding proposed amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Frequently, the discussions and proposals relate to decreasing illegal immigration by making it easier for foreign nationals to legally immigrate to the United States, although some politicians favor removing or eliminating immigration altogether.

Substantial efforts at immigration reform failed in 2005-2006 when the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate both passed bills aimed at curbing illegal immigration in the United States through various means, including increased border security. The bills also addressed immigration reform issues such as amendments to various visa classifications, mandates on employer verification of workers’ immigration status, and federal custody of illegal aliens detained by local authorities. However, the two houses were unable to reconcile their differences on certain key immigration reform issues, and so the bills were never passed into law.

President Barack Obama has publicly stated his support for broad immigration reform. The White House’s immigration reform policy focuses on the goals of curbing illegal immigration, imposing stronger employment-related restrictions, and instituting new systems for addressing undocumented aliens. You can read more about President Obama’s immigration policy on The White House website: Fixing the Immigration System for America’s 21st Century Economy.

Utah Immigration Reform

The State of Utah recently passed a new immigration law that requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone arrested for a crime in Utah. The ACLU and National Immigration Law Center have filed a lawsuit challenging the new immigration law, asserting that it violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. A similar law passed in Arizona was also challenged on similar grounds, and that law is currently under consideration by the United States Supreme Court.

Contact a Salt Lake City Immigration Attorney

To learn more about how potential changes in United States immigration law might affect your immigration status, contact the Utah immigration lawyers at Keen Law Offices, LLC. Call (801) 899-6385 or click here to contact Keen Law Offices, LLC online.

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