Immigration law has seen much turmoil over the past few months. Increased deportation enforcement, the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and numerous false starts amid government shutdown threats have caused concern and confusion in the immigrant community, regardless of legal status.
The short federal government shutdown in January only ended after Senate Leader Mitch McConnell promised Democratic senators a debate on immigration. Tonight, that promised debate will begin.
It is uncertain where exactly the immigration debate will go. Possible changes in immigration law that have been mentioned include legalizing DACA recipients, legalizing anyone eligible for DACA, pathways to citizenship for anyone eligible for DACA, reduced levels of legal immigration, construction of a wall on the southern border, increased funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, elimination of the diversity lottery program, and more.
Even after the debate, many questions will remain unanswered, including one very important one: will immigration law actually change? If the Senate is able to negotiate a bipartisan immigration bill, will the House vote on it? Will the House debate another immigration bill? Would President Trump actually sign the bill? Nothing is certain about the outcome. One thing that is certain, however, is that the DACA program is scheduled to end on March 5th, even though that deadline has also seen uncertainty because of legal challenges.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is keeping tabs on the immigration debate. Regardless to changes in the law, our mission remains the same: making the immigration process as simple as possible for our clients. Our immigration lawyers can explain any changes to the immigration law that occur. Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free legal consultation.