July 23, 2013, Louisville, KY- The Republican-controlled House has openly rejected the Senate’s immigration bill, and will instead introduce a set of smaller bills to address the country’s broken immigration system.  Although House has been vehemently opposed to a pathway to citizenship reports indicate that they are considering a bill that will change the lives of undocumented young immigrants in Kentucky and beyond.

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The House opposes a pathway to citizenship because they believe it rewards people who broke the law, but there are indications that some House members are softening their stance towards young immigrants which are often referred to as DREAMers.

This week, House Republicans are meeting to discuss the option of allowing citizenship to the millions of young people who were brought into the country illegally by their parents. There is no indication that the House will approve of anything quite as broad as the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal residency to undocumented young people who attend college or serve in the military, but they may approve of legalizing a smaller subset of DREAMers.

“Those who are in the country unlawfully are not a homogenous group. One of the clearest examples is those who were brought here as children who did not knowingly break our laws,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s immigration panel said Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. “There is growing consensus in our conference to provide a solution for these children.”

Although it isn’t completely clear how the legislation will shape up, it is clear it will not be as broad as the DREAM Act. Virginia Republicans Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Bob Goodlatte have introduced a proposal that would allow citizenship for DREAMERS, but many conservatives are concerned that allow legal status to one group is a slippery slope into legalize other groups of undocumented immigrants.

A provision added to the bill by California Republican Rep. Jeff Dunham would allow an expedited legal permanent residency for young people who entered the country before the age of 15 and enlists in the U.S. military.

Giving millions of immigrants the chance to apply for citizenship is a sticking point for Republicans even though numerous reports have emerged over the past few weeks indicate that immigration reform which includes a pathway to citizenship would actually be beneficial to the country’s economy.

According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, that the pathway to citizenship outline in the Senate’s reform bill would generate enough tax revenue to reduce the national deficit by $200 billion in the first decade and $700 in the second decade. In addition to deficit reduction, citizenship would also add to the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund.

While the pathway to citizenship is beneficial to the country, it is just as beneficial to immigrants. But entering the country legally takes a great deal of paperwork, time and effort. Visas applications, green card petitions and citizenship applications can be difficult to understand much less fill out. Louisville immigration attorney Rusty O’Brien can simplify the application process for you. With over 15 years of experience helping immigrants in Kentucky, you can be confident when you enlist his legal services all of your endeavors will be successful whether you need to apply for a visa or citizenship or need a deportation defense.


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