One of the questions I am most often asked by clients and potential clients is: "Are we going to get a new immigration law - and if so - when?" There have been a couple of times this past decade where we have come very close to having a new immigration reform act. President Obama has promised to push for a new immigration law during his first term in office, but immigration reform is a very volatile topic - and Congress has not yet had the courage to deal with it.
Another opportunity for the politically faint of heart to act is about to present itself. After the election in November Congress will be in what is known as a "lame duck" session. That means that politicians who have already been voted out will have a couple of months to remain in power until the new Congress is sworn in. Some of those outgoing Senators and Congressmen may be ones who know that passing comprehensive immigration reform is the right thing to do - but who have previously lacked the intestinal fortitude to vote for it for fear of losing their next election.
If they have already lost - then there should be nothing holding them back. Therefore, it seems to me that the most likely time for a new immigration law to pass would be this December or January 2011. If you have never told your Senator or Representative that you would like them to support immigration reform now is the time to do so!
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