It is good to see movement on immigration reform with the release of the 844-page “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.” We expect MIRA, AILA and others to be issuing a detailed analyses very soon. IIIC’s immigration attorneys and board-member attorneys will also be analysing the proposals.
Please keep in mind that this bill reflects many hard-fought compromises and political calculations, resulting in things that we will not like, but probably can’t be changed significantly. Secondly, this is the first stage of the process, with many amendments to come in the Senate Judiciary Committee markup, on the Senate floor, and when the Senate negotiates with the House on a final version.
We have to remain hopeful and vocal. Please consider getting involved in the various advocacy efforts that will be happening over the next few months. It is important that the voice of Irish immigrants is heard at this time. Please see our website for more details (www.iiicenter.org)