Friday, June 28, 2013

The American Immigration Council Applauds Senate Passage of Historic Immigration Reform Legislation

On June 27, 2013 The American Immigration Council posted the following for immediate release:

Washington D.C. – The American Immigration Council applauds the U.S. Senate for passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation (S. 744) by a vote of 68-32 (including 14 Republicans). This vote reflects how far the country has come in understanding the significance of immigration reform to the health and well-being of the nation as a whole. Regardless of what may come next, today’s vote reflects the irrefutable fact that the social and economic benefits of immigration reform are tangible and achievable. There will be much work ahead to continue to perfect the policies reflected in this bill. But for the moment, we should thank the Senate, led by the Gang of Eight, for the courage and vision to finally move the country forward on immigration.


“Today’s vote is a game-changer. The debate around immigration reform is forever changed, the notion that the Senate cannot act on immigration is a thing of the past, and now we know that it is possible to find bi-partisan agreement one an issue once deemed toxic,” said Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council.


“There is little doubt that today’s vote offers the country a chance to start again on immigration. While the compromises necessary to achieve a significant bipartisan vote were many, this is a lesson for us all in democracy—we can respect deep disagreements on policy grounds, yet still find a way forward. The Senate should be commended for giving us all a chance to change the conversation on immigration,” said Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dia Historico para la Reforma Migratoria!!!

Lo que un día increíble! El Senado de EE.UU. votó abrumadoramente para arreglar nuestro sistema roto y dar a los inmigrantes una oportunidad en el sueño americano. Me siento muy agradecida a Dios ya todos los que han luchado mucho y duro, incluso a mí! El New York Times escribió un excelente artículo que usted puede hacer clic a continuación para leer en su totalidad.

Recuerde, ahora que hemos ganado una gran ronda, esta lucha está lejos de terminar. La casa es mucho más dividida, y los enemigos de la reforma tratará de detener la reforma en la Cámara. Tenemos que luchar más que nunca ahora para asegurar la casa sabe que el 70% de los estadounidenses apoyan este proyecto de ley! Todos debemos seguir actuando con un sentido de desesperación y no podemos tomar esta victoria por sentado. Más abajo en la votación en el Senado. Lo que un día increíble para ser un americano.

El Senado aprobó el jueves la reforma más importante de las leyes de inmigración del país en una generación con un amplio apoyo bipartidista, el envío del proyecto de ley a la Cámara controlada por los republicanos, donde existe una oposición significativa de los miembros conservadores y donde la lucha podría extenderse hasta 2014. Pero dada la fuerte votación de 68 a 32, con 14 republicanos votaron a favor, el liderazgo demócrata y el grupo bipartidista de ocho senadores que redactó el proyecto de ley original parecía decidido a saborear el momento. Vicepresidente Joseph R. Biden Jr., presidió la votación como senadores anunciaron sus posiciones de sus escritorios, en un procedimiento ceremonial reservado para ocasiones especiales.

En los días previos a la votación, muchos miembros de la "Banda de los Ocho", que elaboró ​​el marco de la ley llevó a la sala del Senado para dar discursos apasionados, entre ellos el senador Marco Rubio, republicano de la Florida, que es una de las principales voces hispanas de su partido. Cuando el Sr. Rubio terminó, los demás senadores del grupo bipartidista lo rodearon en el suelo, dándole una palmada en la espalda y ofrecer palabras de aliento. "Buen trabajo", dijo uno. "Estoy orgulloso de ti", dijo otro.

Durante la votación, el Sr. Rubio abotonó la chaqueta como él se levantó y dijo "sí." Más tarde, cuando el Sr. Rubio dio la vuelta al pleno del Senado de recibir felicitaciones, pasó de las páginas que se sientan en las escaleras justo debajo de la tribuna y gritó: "Ha elegido un buen día para estar aquí."

El proyecto del Senado ofrece un camino de 13 años a la ciudadanía para los 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados en el país, así como las disposiciones de seguridad fronteriza difíciles que deben estar en su lugar antes de que los inmigrantes pueden obtener el estatus legal.

A pesar de reformar el sistema de inmigración del país se convirtió en una prioridad para muchos republicanos tras las elecciones presidenciales de 2012, en la que el candidato republicano, Mitt Romney, fue rechazada por los votantes hispanos, opositores a la inmigración han montado los últimos esfuerzos para descarrilar el proyecto de ley, que dicen que lo haría ofrecer una amnistía sin medidas reales de aplicación.

A medida que el proyecto de ley a la Cámara, las elites republicanas y sus grupos pro-inmigrantes bien financiados están ejecutando en contra de la oposición de los miembros más conservadores de la Cámara. Representantes, John A. Boehner echó agua fría sobre las esperanzas de que la Cámara deberá pronunciarse sobre el plan del Senado, y él insistió en que cualquier medida de inmigración su cámara tomó tendría que ser apoyada por la mayoría de su conferencia republicana.

Historic Day for Immigration Reform!!!!

What an amazing day!  The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to fix our broken system and give immigrants a chance at the American dream.  I feel so thankful to God and to all who have fought so long and hard, including me!  The New York times wrote an excellent piece you can click on below to read in its entirety.  

Remember, now that we won a huge round, this fight is far from over.  The House is much more divided, and the enemies of reform will try to stop reform in the House.  We must fight harder than ever now to ensure the House knows that 70% of Americans support this bill!  We all must continue to act with a sense of desperation and cannot take this victory for granted. Read more below on the Senate vote.  What an amazing day to be an American.

The Senate on Thursday approved the most significant overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in a generation with broad bipartisan support, sending the bill to the Republican-controlled House, where there is significant opposition from conservative members and where the fight could extend into 2014. But given the strong 68-to-32 vote, with 14 Republicans voting in favor, the Democratic leadership and the bipartisan group of eight senators who drafted the original bill seemed determined to savor the moment. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. presided over the vote as senators announced their positions from their desks, in a ceremonial procedure reserved for special occasions.

Leading up to the vote, many in the “Gang of Eight” that drafted the framework of the legislation took to the Senate floor to give impassioned speeches, including Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who is one of his party’s leading Hispanic voices. When Mr. Rubio finished, the other senators in the bipartisan group surrounded him on the floor, patting him on the back and offering words of encouragement. “Good job,” said one. “I’m proud of you,” said another.

During the vote, Mr. Rubio buttoned his suit jacket as he stood and said “aye.” Later, as Mr. Rubio walked around the Senate floor receiving congratulations, he passed by the pages sitting on the steps just below the podium and called out, “You picked a good day to be here.”

The Senate bill provides a 13-year path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country, as well as tough border security provisions that must be in place before the immigrants can gain legal status.

Though overhauling the nation’s immigration system became a priority for many Republicans after the 2012 presidential election, in which the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, was rejected by Hispanic voters, immigration opponents have mounted last-ditch efforts to derail the bill, which they say would offer amnesty without any real enforcement measures.

As the bill heads to the House, Republican elites and their well-financed pro-immigration groups are running up against opposition from the chamber’s most conservative members. Speaker John A. Boehner threw cold water on any hope that the House would vote on the Senate plan, and he insisted that whatever immigration measure his chamber took up would have to be supported by a majority of his Republican conference.  

Read more below.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/us/politics/immigration-bill-clears-final-hurdle-to-senate-approval.html?_r=0

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bipartisan Immigration Reform Clears Key Senate Vote!!!

The Senate took a huge step toward passing an immigration reform bill on Monday by approving a bipartisan amendment promising a border security “surge.”  The Senate is expected to pass a final bill before July 4th.
The 67-to-27 vote opened the door for a dozen or more Senate Republicans to help assure the bill’s overwhelming final passage before week’s end. Fifteen Republicans voted in favor of the measure.
The compromise amendment broke the Senate’s stalemate on immigration finding a middle way between Republican requirements of stiffer border security and Democratic demands that the path to citizenship for those in the country illegally not be delayed indefinitely. It brought a number of Republicans into the immigration reform fold and firmed up support among some conservative-leaning Democrats.
Senator Marco Rubio summed it up quite well, stating that the status quo on immigration "is hurting America," he added. "And if nothing passes, then this disaster that we have now, that's what's going to stay in place."
We cannot rest and all people that support this bipartisan reform have to continue to contact their politicians and demand immigration reform today.  We are almost halfway home.  Si se puede!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Tips for choosing the right immigration attorney

Over the last 50 years or so the immigrant population in the United States has grown considerably and will continue to do so into the future. In 2011, there were over 40 million foreign born people living in the US, compared to about 10 million in 1960. People come to the US for a variety of reasons, including family, better job opportunities, or economic and political struggles in their home country.

If you are having trouble with the complexities of immigration law, you need to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Things you should keep in mind while searching for an experienced immigration lawyer:

1. Immigration law is complicated and new policies are being implemented all the time. For this reason, you want to hire a lawyer that specializes in addressing immigration law. This means that not only should your immigration lawyer be updated about the latest immigration legislature, but they will also be familiar with the court systems and judges, which will help smooth the way for your visa or citizenship. 

2. Be honest with your immigration attorney and explain every detail that is relevant to your case. Many people hamper their own causes by deliberately withholding information from their attorney. Please remember that everything discussed is protected by the client attorney privilege.

3. When choosing an immigration lawyer find someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. If you do not speak English well or as a first language, choose an attorney that is fluent in your native language such as spanish, russian, purtuguese etc. Do not be afraid to search or request for lawyers who will be able to communicate with you on the level you desire. 

4. If you have trouble affording an immigration lawyer there are several options available to you. First, some attorneys offer flexible payment plans. There are also court appointed lawyers. Finally, in immigrant communities there are often organizations that will help sponsor the cost of your attorney fees. Ask around to see if there is a group like this in your area.

At Brandt immigration we have over 30 years combined experience successfully representing
Immigrants. Our lawyers are fluent in English, spanish, Russian, and Portuguese. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Chad M. Brandt
Brandt Immigration