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Reforming Immigration for the 21st Century

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has released guidelines on “Reforming Immigration for the 21st Century”. Immigration Reform has broad public support, 3 out of 4 Americans support it according to AILA, yet there has been little progress in Washington on the matter. With that in mind, AILA has proposed a set of recommendations for Congressional leaders on how to improve and modernize our immigration system. The proposals cover all aspects of reform—a path to legalization for the undocumented population, increase the number of employment based visas, ending the immigrant “bed quota”, equal treatment for same-sex families, and ensuring that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is held to standards of oversight and accountability. AILA stresses that the current immigration system is not only inefficient and expensive, but also inhumane. Fewer than one quarter of deportees ever see a judge and congressional quotas that mandate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep detention centers full are clear violations of an individual's right to due process. The rise in deportations in recent years have separated family members and loved ones and caused irreparable harm.

Immigration Reform is a massive undertaking, but a very necessary one that Congress must make a priority for the sake of American businesses, communities, and families.

Read AILA's Guidelines here