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November 05, 2008

FAQ will there be an amnesty under the Obama presidency?

Answer; Yesterday I was extremely pleased to see Obama win the Presidency. It has been a long 8 years under the Bush administration of intolerance towards immigration and immigrants. As an immigration lawyer I have seen thousand of persons lives adversely affected by the severe immigration policies which destroy families; separate children from parents; husbands and wives; brothers and sisters; those who came to the US to seek a better life.

When I first became a lawyer 22 years ago I was fortunate to see my clients gain lawful status under the amnesty President Reagan & Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil. Many people say that it did not work and was an amnesty. Well it did work approximately 3 million people applied to gain status. They paid a fee of $185.00 to cover the cost of the program. This was not a quote "amnesty".

I remember that the application was easy and I could finish about one per hour. This is in contrast to the highly complex nature of each case today which takes about one day to complete.

For a reform to work it has to be affordable, easy and simple. We should learn from the past. We need to work towards helping Obama implement a workable immigration reform.

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 5, 2008 06:53 AM

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