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Election Realigns Stars for Immigration Reform, But Significant Hurdles Remain

"[F]or all the goodwill, political momentum, and policy arguments pointing toward legislative action, a number of obstacles stand in the way of the passage of a broad, systemic immigration bill in the 113th Congress. The first obstacle is the lack of consensus on the scope and nature of a legalization...

The Shape of Immigration Reform: It's Not About Votes

"Everyone says Congress and President Obama will tackle -- and solve -- immigration reform just as soon as the 'fiscal cliff' crisis is averted (or not.) Just how that will be done is the 12 million -- not dollars, but unauthorized immigrants' -- question." - Daniel M. Kowalski...

Small Changes Could Make Big Difference for Immigrants

"As Congress prepares for what is expected to be a contentious debate over immigration reform, with issues like the DREAM Act and what kind of reforms constitute "amnesty" expected to be at the forefront, immigration lawyers say addressing lesser-known and arcane policies could be just...

A Tech Industry View of the Newly Elected: 2013’s Most Relevant State & Federal Legislation

Free Webinar Jan. 31st : – Immigration reform is a top priority for the Obama administration, and the 113th Congress is made up of the largest class of Latino members ever. Will this be the year for CIR (Comprehensive Immigration Reform?) Mr. Kowalski, Editor of Bender's Immigration Bulletin...

Treatise Editor Cited on Reform Efforts

Stephen W. Yale-Loehr , senior editor of Immigration Law & Procedure , was quoted recently on the push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: “Immigration reform, like tax and Social Security reform, is very complex,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law expert and professor...

5 Reasons Immigration Reform Might Actually Pass

"[T]he months since the election have seen a number unexpected developments that indicate a bill may have more momentum than its backers initially hoped. Everything comes with the caveat that it’s still early and there’s plenty that could go wrong in the months before a final draft of...

Tech Still Hopeful on CIR

"Much of Washington believes a potential military strike and a debt ceiling debacle have swallowed chances this year for immigration reform. Not tech. Silicon Valley and its D.C. representatives still envision that legislation can creep through before momentum fades. Congressional calendars be damned...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part I)

"[I]n a series of interviews with The Hill over the past two months, Democratic and Republican negotiators said the group’s failure stemmed from divisions among Democrats over strategy and policy, as well as Boehner’s refusal to put his weight behind the bill and help steer it through...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part II) - Boehner Bails

"[A]s the weeks dragged on, it became clear to members of the group that the proposal would sink if it were introduced without a firm commitment from Boehner to push it forward. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Boehner in June, and many lawmakers emerged cautiously optimistic...

Why immigration is a major issue for women

"On the House side, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D.-Calif., formed a Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, whose members have been delivering speeches and sending colleagues letters about women and immigration. Politically, both immigrants and women have shown their voting power...