Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – A recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an instructive analysis of the current state of U.S. immigration policy.
The report, “U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions,” included the principles that guide current policy, potential for reform, and political obstacles that may prevent such reform. It is frank in its assessment that the progress of legal reform is hampered by the contentious nature of the current political debate on immigration, and critics point out that the resulting political gridlock has real consequences for immigrants striving to create their own American dream.
"While reforming the U.S. immigration system requires political will - immigration policy is such a hot issue that few politicians want to take the heat of offending many, by voting for any comprehensive change. The failure to move forward at all, and simply preserve the issue for the next election is inexcusable,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney.
The Congressional report identifies four principles that underlie U.S. policy on permanent immigration. These principles are: reunifying families; admitting immigrants with needed skills, protecting refugees, and preserving diversity based on country of origin.
The principles are often in conflict, as employers, despite high unemployment rates, continue to demand that uniquely qualified workers be admitted to the country quickly, and families advocate for reunification with their loved ones. Political decision-makers must balance these interest groups with the often emotional and strident views of the public regarding immigration.
The report acknowledges that recent attempts to reform immigration policy have met with failure, leading some to refer to immigration policy as the untouchable “third rail” of politics, but reform advocates continue to push for practical solutions to improve the lives of our country's newest residents.
“Problems have solutions, albeit imperfect ones, ones that involve compromise,” said Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration lawyer, “but doing nothing just to scream louder on the campaign trail about the ills of the current immigration scheme, or of an opponent's view on the subject at some point becomes an abrogation of duty to act in the national interest."
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