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Immigration Reform Debate Heats Up

Calls for a moratorium on deportations, arrests by protestors and a fatal shooting by Border Patrol agents near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego are just some of the recent developments that call attention to the urgent need for immigration reform in San Diego, as well as throughout the United States. The Senate-proposed comprehensive immigration reform legislative package is currently deadlocked in Congress by House Republicans, although there are some signs of hope in this regard.

Pro-immigration activists in Washington were arrested in mid-February as they called on President Barack Obama to make an executive decision on halting deportation of undocumented immigrants, who have reached an all-time high during the current administration. The protestors were arrested when they came too close to the White House. A considerable spike in deportations has been observed since the passing of the Patriot Act following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the great majority of those deportations have not been related to immigrants suspected of having any ties to terrorist

At the southern border with Mexico, a Border Patrol agent gunned down a man suspected of making an illegal border crossing. The shooting occurred after the suspect, who was being followed by the agent, climbed a hill and began throwing and rolling rocks down a ravine. The Border Patrol agent was allegedly struck in the face by a rock before he fired his service weapon and killed the man.

Overzealous deportations and strict border controls are two aspects of immigration reform that lawmakers in Congress are having a hard time agreeing on. Although the Obama Administration is a major supporter of immigration reform, the White House has been notably reticent on stopping the flow of deportation, a stance that runs counter to the family integration goals of immigration proposals. Some Republican lawmakers are calling for even more rigorous border security, which Democrats argue will only result in more violence and increased spending. Click here for more information on family immigration in San Diego.

Amidst the legislative impasse, there is a glimmer of hope in the sense that some House Republicans see immigration reform as a way to consolidate the battered GOP. By coming to terms on the issue and passing legislation, the GOP could advance immigration reform and show voters that they are still a relevant political movement.

If you have additional questions about the current news surrounding the immigration reform debate, please contact KS Visa Law today. We have a team of San Diego Immigration Lawyers who can answer your questions and can assist with anything from business immigration to naturalization. Dial 858-874-0711 for your free consultation today.

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