Migrants coming to the United States’ southern border may be receiving mixed messages regarding the status of “open borders”. Smuggling cartels are spreading the word that the southern US border is open while President Biden insists that it is not. In an interview with George Stephanopolous Biden stated “I can say quite clearly: Don’t come over.”
The Dreamers (immigrants who arrived as children and have lived in the US since) are looking at new paths to citizenship under the current legislative efforts (The American Dream and Promise Act). Under DACA (Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals), these immigrants gained legal status during the Obama Presidency. President Trump tried to revoke the action but was blocked by the Supreme Court in 2020. Republicans gained Latino support during the last administration and some Republicans fear that those gains could be jeopardized if they take too hard a stance against current immigration reform efforts. Meanwhile, hundreds of unaccompanied minors pour into the United States daily. While border security says they turn away about 80% of adult immigrants, unaccompanied minors must be accepted and usually come with the phone number of a relative in the United States. It can take weeks for authorities to locate the “sponsoring” relative and then the safety of placing the child has to be reviewed. The process was mandated to hold the children for up to three days but has far surpassed that deadline and violated a court order.
Other measures addressed in the newest legislation include:
Increasing the number of seasonal migrant workers permitted into the United States (Farm Workforce Modernization Act)
Provide permanent status to legal immigrants currently under temporary protected status
The immigration reforms are expected to face stiff opposition in the Senate where Republicans call the reforms “amnesty” – a word which has contributed to the lack of success in the past. They also insist that any immigration reform must include tighter border security measures. In order to pass in the Senate the reforms require a super majority which means Republican votes will be necessary for passage. The polarizing immigration Congressional battles are expected to extend well into the current year and could have significant impact on the next midterm elections.
If you or someone you know needs help through the immigration process, please call Cella & Associates on our national toll-free free number 877.583.7080 and we will schedule a confidential consultation via WhatsApp, Skype, Telephone or Zoom. In addition to English, consultations can be in Albanian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Although we do hold in-person consultations, when necessary, in our Clifton, New Jersey and Aventura, Florida offices, we discourage such consultations (due to CoVid concerns) for your safety as well as for the safety of our attorneys and staff.
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**Cella & Associates will not prosecute cases which we know, or have reason to believe, are fraudulent or frivolous.
Joseph G. Cella, Esq. is the managing founder of Cella & Associates, LLC. During his nearly 30 years of practicing Immigration Law, Mr. Cella has been published in the New Jersey Law Journal, and has authored many articles on Immigration Law. Mr. Cella has also lectured on numerous topics of immigration law for a number of organizations including the Federal Bar Association.
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