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January 13, 2009

US immigration reform in Sept

Jan 12, 2009, The Straits Times;

"WASHINGTON - AFTER two failed attempts in 2006 and 2007, immigration reform could finally be pushed through both houses of the US Congress starting in September, civil rights activists said.

'We are confident and very optimistic that there's likely to be a big window of opportunity between September 2009 and March 2010,' America's Voice pro-reform group director Frank Sharry said in a telephone conference.

'I think that would be a good time simply because there are no federal elections going on, and beyond that, it is really important for us to get this really done at a time when we do not have huge immigration rhetoric going on around the nation,' said Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archbishop Roger Mahony.

Ms Janet Murguia, president of La Raza, the country's main Hispanic lobby group, was hopeful immigration reform would be approved during the 111th Congress that started last week.

After the Nov 4 general elections, Democrats are comfortably in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The last immigration reform proposal in 2007 sailed through the House but stumbled in the Senate, where it came up one short of the required two-thirds or 60 vote majority".


Posted by VisaLawyer at January 13, 2009 07:35 AM


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