Last week, President Barack Obama delivered an immigration reform speech that attempted to outline the issue as we head into a Presidential election year. Many claimed it was merely a political campaigning tactic and that the administration has thus far lacked the initiative to launch any real legislative change regarding the issue at hand — real reform aimed at protecting immigrant rights in New Jersey and elsewhere, according to SignOn San Diego.Obama spoke about the current broken immigration system and pointed out how it continuously hurts the middle class. He claimed that comprehensive reform is “an economic imperative.”Our New Jersey immigration lawyers understand that our country needs to more effectively recognize the problems pertaining to immigration. We recognize the need for real immigration reform that would intelligently deal with the approximate 11 million undocumented people who are already here in our country.Obama understands the silliness behind our current system of providing visas to students from around the world (we allow them to get engineering and computer science degrees at our top universities), even as we discourage them from using those learned skills here in the United States. He also took jabs at the Republicans, chiding them to let go of the “border is out of control” mantra. Obama outlined the following points:-He called for passage of the DREAM Act which would allow immigrant children who have grown up in the U.S. to stay here and continue their education and allow them other rights, such as joining the military.-Create a better system that would allow farmers to legally hire workers.-Increased efforts to hold business accountable who exploit undocumented workers for the cheap labor they provide.-Updating and simplifying the visa system, along with various other aspects of legal immigration.-Create a plan to allow legalization for longtime immigrants who pass legal background checks and agree to not only pay a fine, but to pay any back taxes and to learn English.”So, here’s the point,” said Obama. “We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done.”President Obama clearly addressed the need for a meaningful reform, but he’s made the same promises before. Obama believes that it is necessary for a new system that can encourage the brightest to remain here and offer their talents to U.S. communities and workforces, according to Boston.com. While the President stated all of these tasks needed to be completed to ensure the safety and citizenship of deserving immigrants, he neglected to offer a plausible timetable for any of these actions. He neglected to address the Democrats who stand against comprehensive reform. As many continue to put their faith in Obama and immigration reform, others brush off this El Paso immigration speech as another deliverance of empty promises to merely sway the Hispanic vote for the upcoming election.From our Central Jersey Office in Edison, New Jersey, our firm handles a wide array of immigration issues from citizenship to permanent residence to deportation defense. If you or someone you know is in need of immigration legal assistance, please contact our office at (732) 516-1717.
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