While the nation focuses on crises in the Middle East and with the debt ceiling, the time and attention of lawmakers is currently turned away from another crisis: immigration reform in the United States.
Immigration reform has been a hot topic in recent months, with the Senate passing the 2013 bill that includes the DREAM Act, pathway to citizenship and border security — on which the House of Representatives is projected to vote soon. With immigration reform at the forefront of ongoing political debates, recent polls suggest that many Latino undocumented immigrants are already deeply rooted in the United States and hope to eventually gain citizenship.
Many legal and illegal immigrants cross the borders each year because the United States offers the opportunity of employment and, therefore, a better life. To apply for a work-based visa that would allow you to remain and work in the United States, you must have an employer or potential employer obtain a labor certification approval from the Department of Labor. The employer must then file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This petition is called an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140.
Florida Bar committee members and more than 100 Florida attorneys are supporting an undocumented immigrant who wishes to practice law in the State. The immigrant, Jose Godinez-Samperio, graduated from law school and passed the bar, and now has only the following legal challenges potentially standing in his way:
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