Sweeping Changes to Immigration Rules Proposed

Monday, January 09, 2012

Currently, undocumented family members of legal citizens found living in the states must first exit the country and face a three to ten year ban before returning to apply for a green card. Under a new proposal by the Obama administration, the children and spouses of legal citizens could apply for a waiver which will allow them to remain in country to apply for their citizenship. Supporters say that it will keep families which face lengthy separation together while critics call the proposal “back door amnesty” and a move by the administration to court the much needed Latino vote.

Immigration Attorney Richard Hujber joins the program for more perspective on this pending legislation. Jackie Bricker is the wife of an illegal immigrant.

Guests:

Jackie Bricker

Comments [4]

First of all the USA needs to abolish the unjust "wet foot-dry foot" policy established solely for Cubans. The Cold War is over, there's no more Berlin Wall, no more USSR, time to move on with equal treatment for all attempting to enter the US. Over 97% of all Cubans fleeing Cuba for the US-or any other destination, do it for economic reasons, not political. A Haitiian and a Cuban could be on the same vessel landing on the shores of the US and be caught on the beach, the Haitian would be repatriated and the Cuban would be welcomed with open arms and given benefits generated from US taxpayers' funds.

Secondly, time to normalize relations with Cuba, it's an over 50 year antiquated policy that has been a complete failure in attempting to bring democracy to Cuba, only a fool keeps banging their head against a brick wall.

Jan. 10 2012 04:29 PM
listener

Does a discussion with an immigration lawyer and the "stay at home mom" of a "so-called illegal" give the audience a clear perspective of the issue? Is it meant to?
What is the incentive of a responsible and legal immigrant to "embrace the legal process" in the future if during an election year the administration can undermine "the legal process" in the name of politics.....again?
Is that a "fascinating irony"?

Jan. 09 2012 12:56 PM
Gerald C Rovner from Boston, MA

The information about a new immigration waiver was DEAD WRONG this morning. It will cause many people to take inappropriate action by filing for a benefit that does not exist. The Obama Administration is PROPOSING a change in the current regulation by publishing in the Federal Register a NOTICE OF INTENT to change the current rule. There has been NO CHANGE in current regulations on this point.

For ID purposes only I am a past chair of the New Eng;land Chapter of the American Immigration LAwyers Association, current member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Immigrants and Refugees and the chair of teh Immigration SEction of the MAss BAr Association.

Jan. 09 2012 11:19 AM
Nikki Quintanilla

My husband went to Juarez last week and was denied his visa. My family has been ripped apart and we are trying to find out how to appeal. He is stuck there and our son is without his father. I sure hope the government does something to change the laws that are in place. People don't realize how devastating the immigration process is.

Jan. 09 2012 10:01 AM

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