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Immigration advocates tentatively welcome new immigration legislation

Posted on April 20th, 2013 No Comments

Austin immigration advocates expressed their support for the Senate’s 844-page immigration reform bill, which is deemed to change the country’s immigration law and make it possible for 11.5 million unauthorized immigrants, with 1 million of them coming from Texas, to become naturalized as citizens. This support, however, did not come without some reservations.

The U.S. Senate finalized the long-awaited reform bill last Wednesday, April 17. Critics of the legislation bashed the provision which states that unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. after December 31, 2011 wouldn’t be allowed to apply for temporary legal status.

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition director Esther Reyes said their group will petition to have the number of people eligible for citizenship expanded and will clamor for reforms to bring together families that have been separated by deportation or detention.

Data from Grassroots Leadership, chaired by Bob Libal, show that more than 400,000 families in Texas were separated because of deportation in 2012.

Immigration laws are complex and difficult to understand; thus, when you are in need of help regarding immigration matters, you should have a lawyer from the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, supporting you. Call 512-323-2333 to find out how our knowledge of this legal area can help you.

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