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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Goodlatte Hints GOP may be open to Provisional Legalization and Path to Citizenship

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It has been reported that House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R - VA) has "hinted" that the GOP may be open to provisional legalization that stops deportations and also affords an opportunity for newly documented immigrants to apply for a"Green Card" and ultimately citizenship through existing legal channels. What this means is that under this compromise if an individual becomes documented, and is married to a United States citizen they can immediately apply for their Green Card, and three years from receiving it apply for citizenship.

In sum, it is an immigration holding pattern that stops the destruction of families through deportation, and that allows people to work and travel while they wait in line for a Green Card just like everyone else.

Now that is an immigration compromise that makes sense!

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  1. WhoKnows's Avatar
    They all make it sound like they are serious about tackling the issue but at the end nothing gets done. One party will blame the other, and time will run out. Every year the issue takes a center stage on the news and slowly fades away. I don't believe that anything will pass this year either.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    But what about Goodlatte's poison pills, mentioned in my recent post? Do we know for sure that he has given up on his previous insistence that state and local officials should be given back the immigration enforcement powers that the Supreme Court took away from Sheriff Joe and his buddies in Arizona vs. US?

    And what about the reports that Goodlatte also wants to tie the president's hands regarding executive power to "not enforce the law", i.e grant administrative relief from deportation?

    Suppose there is a compromise along the lines that Goodlatte seems to be talking about - legalization granted for 11 million, with citizenship for most of them thrown under the bus. Maybe that would still be a victory of sorts for reform.

    But if Sheriff Joe and the Alabama anti-immigrant racists are put back in business, and the president loses his executive power over enforcement as part of the bargain, wouldn't gaining legalization be like winning a battle but losing the war?

    Just inquiring.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-13-2014 at 09:12 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. MKolken's Avatar
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