A Look At the New Immigration Reform Bill


If you’ve been following immigration reform at all, you’ve probably heard of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and the “Gang of Eight”, which is another name for the Senate and House leaders from each party as well as the ranking minority members of both the Senate and House Committees for intelligence.

The Gang of Eight is in the news these days because they’ve co-sponsored a bill called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The most important aspect of the bill revolves around a path to citizenship for around 11 million people who are currently undocumented and living in America. It’s not like the bill immediately grants citizenship however. There is an application process which involves immigrants filing for status with the United States, then they would be required to pay a fee plus any back taxes. There is also a background check which looks for past criminal activity.

The bill doesn’t just focus on immigrants already in the country, but also those who may be planning on entering in the future. Increased border security measures, including a double layer fence across certain parts of the Mexico-U.S. border, are also written into the legislation. The bill stipulates that before any immigrants can apply for permanent residence, the fence and other security measures must already be in place.

Brodzki Jacobs & Associates has plenty of experience in a wide range of immigration matters for both individuals and corporations.

We can assist with:

  • · Student visas
  • · Work visas
  • · Permanent residency
  • · Citizenship
  • · Much more

The skilled lawyers of Brodzki Jacobs & Associates are available to help explain what the new immigration reform bill could mean for you and your family. As with most pieces of legislation, the language of the new bill is dense and requires a knowledgeable attorney to accurately interpret how best to proceed with each individual client. This is all pre-emptive however, as the bill is not law quite yet. It recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be debated and voted on by the full Senate during the month of June.

If you’re in need of an immigration lawyer in South Florida, give the experienced attorneys at Brodzki Jacobs & Associates a call today.

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