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Senators Still Scrutinizing Immigration Reform

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on February 14, 2011

According to a recent article in Politico, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) have taken steps toward re-addressing the issue of immigration reform in 2011.

Reportedly, conservative evangelicals, the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, business organizations and advocacy groups have all expressed interest in immigration reform, and a compromise deal could provide for increased border security, better employer verification of worker eligibility and a path to citizenship for immigrant workers who are already in this country.

Schumer has apparently affirmed that his staff and Graham’s staff have been meeting to forge an agreement that disparate interest groups can support and help to push through Congress.

One key Senator in the minority party is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who has insisted that he will not support any reforms until Congress approves a specific border security plan and the governors of the states adjoining Mexico agree to certify that their borders are or will be secured.

If a compromise solution can be reached, it could open the doors to citizenship for many immigrant workers living in the U.S. today.

We are happy to assist individuals or families who might have an opportunity for citizenship or wish to apply for a temporary work visa. Those seeking legal advice on immigration may call our offices at (847) 564-0712. You are also invited to check out the pertinent section of our Website for more information.