Failed Immigration Review

The congress of the United States has been trying to get a better handle on the immigration issue. Unfortunately, it is not going very well. One of President Obama's major campaign platforms was directed towards immigrants, promising a major review of the deportation issue and perhaps granting a significant number of immigrants a legal citizenship status. Seven months after the Obama administration began the review of all deportations before immigration courts, the efforts seem to have gotten nowhere.

The deportation review has taken on 411,000 cases, with the intention of stopping as many deportations as possible, however less than 2 percent of these cases have actually closed at this point. The original idea was to get through the massive number of backlogged cases that were for immigrants who had no criminal records and had a great deal of family members in the country. However, the officials in charge of the review have blamed the sluggish pace on the criminal background checks that have to be conducted.

The effort has fallen far below the expectations of the immigrant community as well as democratic leaders. The country has recently began a tough crackdown on the immigration issue, which has led to more than 1.1 million individuals being deported in just the last three years. The review was meant to slow the pace of deportation. The president prefers to give legal status to a majority of the illegal immigrants, especially as Latino voters will be key in the upcoming election.

From November to May, the officials carrying out the review were able to look at 288,361 cases and only a little over 4,000 of those cases have actually been closed. The official from the Department of Homeland Security said that approximately 9 percent of the immigrants reviewed were eligible to have their cases closed. The vast majority of the individuals waiting to be examined have been held up by their background checks. The hope is that by the end of the year, there will have been approximately 20,000 immigrants who will have the chance to suspend their deportation.

When the announcement about the review first came, it was under the concept that the focus of immigration policy would shift away immigrants with a clean background and to those who have a criminal record. The idea was to keep families together and not punish those who had not committed any crime. In most situations, though, even if an immigrant had their case reviewed, it is not closed, but rather suspended. These individuals do not receive a work permit or gain legal citizenship, leaving them in a state of uncertainty and limbo.

Facing deportation can be the most frightening prospect for an immigrant. Many of these people have built lives and families while in the United States. The idea of being ripped away from all of that is nothing less than devastating. With so many recent reforms in immigration policy, it is hard to keep track of where immigrants stand in the system. States have begun passing their own immigration legislation as they no longer trust in the policies the federal government has instigated. These individualized statutes are causing a great deal of distress in the nation's capital. If you are an immigrant and are unsure of where you stand in the system, the best path to take is to hire an attorney. By securing legal representation, you can assure that you case will not be ignored. In many situations, the government is taking too long to make decisions concerning immigrant legal status. If you want to have your case closed now, contact an attorney from Musa-Obregon & Associates and fight for your freedom today.

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