- US Senator, Majority Harry Reid requested President to stop deportation via executive order
The Hill reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has urged the President to look into using executive action to halt deportations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said he hopes President Obama will review possible administrative actions to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants now that reform legislation has stalled in Congress. “I would hope that administratively, the president will do what he can to take a look at deportations, but he is being burdened by the law as it exists, and we need to change it,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We have long argued that President Obama should use his executive power to provide much needed relief to those who are suffering under the administration’s draconian deportation practices. It is good to see the Senate leader exhorting action in the same direction.
- Unlawful immigrants should be able to stay, but under certain circumstances
House Republican leaders on Thursday unveiled a list of standards for an immigration reform plan that would allow unlawful immigrants to remain in the United States if they meet certain standards and requirements. Many of this immigrants pay indirect taxes every time they purchase something, sometimes they even use a tax ID number to pay their taxes and can’t never claim on tax return for personal use. Therefore they should be allowed to apply citizenship as well.
- New priority for immigration reform
This past year 2013 the immigrant rights movement’s objective was to pass a comprehensive bill that included a special path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. Unfortunately, the year ended without a legislative win, but still having family separated with deportations. For this 2014 the immigrant rights movement’s new priority is to stop deportation and ask for a citizenship which is the ultimate goal. With this opportunity the 11 million undocumented immigrants will be allowed to live and work freely, travel and see their family members left behind.
- A Reminder to the General Public: I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
All employers must complete an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form for each employee or risk penalization. For more information on the procedure for Employment Eligibility Verification, contact our office at 504-525-8810 and/or visit http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
- Update on Comprehensive Immigration Reform: On Thursday, June 27th, with a vote of 68 – 32, the U.S. Senate passed S. 744 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for debate and a vote. A bill must be approved by both the House and the Senate in order for comprehensive immigration reform to take effect.
- The AILA warns immigrants about the dangers of notaries acting fraudulently as lawyers. According to their recent PSA campaign “Stop Notario Fraud”, a notary or an “immigration consultant” is not the same as an immigration lawyer:
“It is against the law for notaries public to provide immigration advice – even filling out forms or a green card application is something that only a properly licensed immigration lawyer or accredited representative should do…Non-lawyers who advertise as legal “consultants” or “notarios publicos” are not authorized or qualified to help with immigration law-related matters.”
The mistakes made by a notario that is not qualified to handle immigration matters could permanently harm an immigrant’s chances of obtaining legal status in the U.S. Make sure that you seek help from a licensed immigration lawyer or representative. For more information, visit www.stopnotariofraud.org.