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March 17, 2005

Rally at the Capitol

At noon we went to the Capitol to hear Judy Golub, with AILA give us an immigration update. We need to stop the Real ID Act in the Senate. The House did not discuss the Real ID Act. Judy Golub with AILA introduced Congressman Flake, AZ who is supporter of reform; Congresswoman Lofton, CA a former immigration attornay echoed the need for reform. Congressman Luis Guiterrez, IL spoke passionately about the need to unite immigrant families torn apart by current immigration laws. He called for bipartisan support on immigration reform. He spoke of reform freeing immigrants from an unlawful status. Guiterrez called for the need for a real proposal to solve the immigration problem today. Families are being torn apart under the current laws.

Several attorneys brought clients who had suffered under the current laws. One young lady who was brought to the country as a child could not adjust status because her father died while she was waiting on her green card. She was a model student trapped by laws which fail to provide for the human element that sometimes you may need compassion. I had to leave the rally early to go meet my fellow Tennessee attorneys to begin lobbying members of the Tennessee delegation.

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 17, 2005 01:00 PM

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