Thursday, June 27, 2013

The US Senate Approves the Immigration Reform Bill, Now on to the House!

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Today, Thursday, June 27, 2013 marks the first step in the Federal Government's attempt to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The Senate approved a 1200 page Immigration Reform Bill that basically promises to create a path of citizenship for the millions of undocumented individuals in the United States dependent on the Federal Government's approval of stricter border security rules.

While today's approval in the Senate is historic in the Federal Government's attempt to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Immigration Reform Bill must be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and eventually signed into law by the President before it is officially enacted into federal law.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SCOTUS' Decision on DOMA and its Impact on Immigration Law

I wonder what effect the US Supreme Court's (SCOTUS) ruling today will have on immigration laws.

Today, SCOTUS ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. DOMA was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The Act prevented federal recognition of same-sex spouses who had been married in states permitting same-sex marriages.

While it is still to early too tell, it will be interesting to see if and how the federal government will incorporate today's SCOTUS decision in immigration law.

Immigration law, itself, has had an interesting year...an improved extreme hardship waiver was made available in March, Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications continue to be processed efficiently, and most importantly, the federal government is on the brinks of deciding on a comprehensive immigration reform plan.

I anticipate the federal government will make its decision regarding comprehensive immigration reform by August of this year. It will be interesting to see whether the federal government will incorporate today's SCOTUS decision in the comprehensive immigration reform. Until then, wait we shall...