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Immigration Law

Expert: 9/11 Derailed Bush's Intended Immigration Reforms

Jorge Cancino, Univision, Sept. 10, 2021

"In 2001 President George Bush seemed ready to push for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress. The 9/11 terrorist attacks changed all that," says Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration practice at Cornell Law School.  "Suddenly, instead of thinking of immigrants in a positive light, Americans perceived them as threats to national security. For that reason when Congress created DHS in 2003, it moved the immigration office to that new department," he added, referring to DHS. ... But not everyone is betting that Congress will take action on the matter. "At some point the legislature will have to fix our broken immigration system," says Yale-Loehr.  "However, given the current political fractures, it is possible that this will not happen soon," he pointed out."