In many ways, a victory for an individual struggling through the U.S. immigration system is a victory for all immigrants fighting a similar battle. With that in mind, Pennsylvania residents may be interested in the recent decision by California's Supreme Court to allow a man waiting on a green card to practice law in that state.
For years the Obama administration has been talking about immigration reform and now that it is potentially around the corner, a considerable number of diverse immigrant groups are coming together to protest plans to slash the number of immigrant visas for family members. Joining the voices of Democrats and other immigration advocates, these immigrant groups are arguing that it is extremely important to maintain, if not increase, the number of family-based immigrant visas available.
People across Pennsylvania are making their concerns about immigration heard as they prepare for a campaign to reform the immigration system. There were approximately two dozen organizations featured at a joint press conference earlier in the month in which they explained the need for appropriate immigration reforms.
Last week we talked about the role immigration reform played in President Obama's inauguration speech. Now, President Obama is already advocating for immigration reform and is somewhat forceful in his message to Congress: start working on immigration issues. This could mean major changes for those people in Lancaster who are searching for a path to citizenship.
Earlier this week marked President Obama's second term in office and his inauguration speech seemed to lay out what he wanted to focus on in his next four years. What may have caught many people in Reading's attention is that Obama talked about immigration. It is clear that Obama has wanted to change immigration law in the United States, especially after his executive orders granting deferred deportation and temporary resident status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, but it is expected that one of the major initiatives that the president will tackle will be a comprehensive immigration reform.
This blog has previously talked about President Obama's new initiative that potentially creates a pathway to legal residency and the effect it has had on Pennsylvania residents. Now, President Obama has issued another immigration reform that will help U.S. citizens and their undocumented spouses stay together longer. This new aspect of family-based immigration is set to go into effect in March.
It is heartwarming when the federal government doesn't stand in the way of someone trying to pursue his or her dream. For the undocumented immigrants who came to this country with their parents, that has not always been the case, but a few weeks ago we covered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which provides immigrants who came here illegally as children two more years to stay in the country. A recent report lists a South Philadelphia college student as the first person in the area to receive the reprieve.