Tag: #immigration reform

I am Blessed (Of Course It’s Because I am an Immigration Attorney)

Many people tell me that I could be making more money by practicing something other than immigration (right after I introduce myself that is). I usually have a nice smile on my face and I simply say that I am simply privileged because I am an immigration attorney.

I recently saw a friend of mine, who happens to be my former client, at the mosque. We recently won his case and he was beside himself with joy. He could not hold back his tears because he will be able to stay int he United States with his family. It just warmed my heart.

I know we are in the middle of a national debate regarding the President’s executive orders. I am a strong believer that the President is right. I always debate with people who are opposed to what the President has done. It is moments like these that make my response to these people even stronger. Of course I am blessed, and of course it is because I am an immigration attorney.

Democrats to President Obama: Do what Republican Presidents Have done Before you on Immigration Reform

The Democratic leadership in Congress sent a letter to President Obama urging him to issue an executive order granting relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. The letter sited the fact that previous presidents, including Republicans, have used their executive powers to grant such relief. Republicans have opposed such move.

As I have said before, these measures, while welcome, do not negate the fact that we need comprehensive immigration reform passed by Congress. This might not happen though, in light of the highly polarized atmosphere we have on capitol hill.

Stay tuned for updates on what is going on. Fox News reported last week that the executive order might be issued this week.

Is Immigration Reform Possible Even After Last Night’s Vote?

We all know that yesterday’s election results are very bad for immigration reform. After all, the last time we had a Democratic President with a Republican controlled Congress we witnesses the passage of IIRIRA (Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act).

Despite last night’s vote, President Obama vowed today that he will be using his executive powers on immigration to grant some relief for certain immigrants. However, as I discussed in previous posts, these measures will fall short for several reasons, least of which, they will not be followed by the same people entrusted with enforcing these policies. Executive action will also not deal with the long wait times for both immigrant and work visas.

President Obama promised that the new executive action before the end of the year, unless he gets a bill that “he could sign”. I know that these measures will fall short, but they could allow millions of immigrants remain in the country where they have established family ties for decades.

I just hope that we do not get another IIRIRA.

How Could Tomorrow’s Vote Impact Immigration?

I am very excited for tomorrow’s election. I left Lebanon before I was eligible to vote (age of suffrage is 21), so I have not been able to exercise my civic duty of voting yet. However, unlike in Lebanon, voting in the United States is meaningful, with consequences that matter.

Tomorrow is very important, and your vote as a US citizen might impact the rights of literally millions of immigrants whose fate hinge on tomorrow’s results. If the Democrats retain the Senate and gain seats in the House, the chances of immigration reform will increase. If the opposite happens, researchers and practitioner believe that the chances for reform will dwindle.

Regardless of the results, the consensus is that President Obama will use his executive power on immigration to allow certain immigrants to apply for some form of immigration benefits. This will fall short, however, since there is a dire need for reform, not only to help undocumented immigrants, but to allow young immigrants to remain in the United States after they get educated in American universities.

Immigration opponents argue that we should not allow people who violated our laws to remain in the United States. However, reform does not only affect undocumented immigrants who remained here illegally; it affects immigrants like yours truly who simply cannot live in his country because he has adapted to the American way of life. These immigrants are the future, and we should really fight to allow them to remain here. The process to stay in the United States for these immigrants is cumbersome, and reform of such process is needed.

No matter how you feel about immigration, you should vote. So many people around the world are prevented from voting. You should really cherish that right by exercising it.