No one can deny that President Barack Obama has been dealing with a long list of high-priority issues since he entered the Oval Office just over a month ago. Of course, the faltering economy is understandably the top concern in most people's minds, and the stimulus package that passed recently has received most of the media's attention. The president announced the withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq by August 2010, and has the pundits wondering what else the future holds for our foreign policy. However, one issue that has not received a lot of public attention from the president since his inauguration is that of immigration reform. The residents of South Texas are particularly interested to learn what impact the decision makers in D.C. will have concerning this controversial policy area.
President Obama did give some indication that immigration would be addressed soon by his administration. He gave an interview to a Spanish-language radio show last month in which he said, "We've got to have comprehensive immigration reform. Now, you know, we need to get started working on it now. It's going to take some time to move that forward, but I'm very committed to making it happen." The term "comprehensive immigration reform" reached notoriety two years ago when it was used to describe the efforts by President Bush and leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress to create a path to citizenship for those who had entered the country illegally. Whether or not President Obama attempts to revisit this same failed plan from 2007, or tries another direction, will likely be discovered shortly. From statements made during his campaign, the president has shown a desire to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows and allow them to stay in the country.
Rest assured, the Houston, Austin and San Antonio immigration attorneys who practice immigration law at Bertolino LLP will be following all proposed legislation on the federal and state level. Our immigration law lawyers know that Texas is affected by any changes to immigration policy and we want to be on top of any legal issues that may be relevant to our clients. If you are currently experiencing any problems related to your own immigration status, the documentation required for your employees, or the naturalization process, please contact one of our immigration attorneys in Austin, Houston, or San Antonio today.