Thursday, January 30, 2014

CONTACT: David Nachman, Esq. – Managing Attorney – Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C.

RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY – The House of Representatives’ Republican leadership released a set of standards related to immigration reform. The release of these standards is a sign of movement on the issue of immigration. The Attorneys at the NPZ Law Group, P.C. are pleased to see this movement as it signals the real possibility that immigration reform may come to fruition this Spring.

The principles articulated so far are quite vague, and amenable to any number of meanings, but they show promise of a willingness to look at our existing system and work across the aisle to find ways to fix it. We are encouraged that House Republicans see a need to bring those living undocumented in the U.S. out of the shadows, and that they wish to reform the legal immigration system, the dysfunction of which has been the primary factor in illegal immigration.

Mr. Nachman, one of the NPZ Law Group’s Managing Partners stated: “The most significant advance is the recognition in these standards that our policy cannot be one of mass deportations-that those people here who are not dangers to the community should have the opportunity to clean up their statuses and live within the mainstream of our society. It is important that this be achieved in a way that does not create the second-tier underclass that has plagued other countries whose laws have prevented full integration of people otherwise living and working legally in their midst”.

For those who seeking to enter the U.S. now and in the future, as well as those seeking to legalize, our broken immigration system must be fixed. The House standards acknowledge that need, and acknowledge the need for more green cards to fuel the economy. Much needs to be done to fill-in the details that will mean the difference between viable legislation and a prescription for deeper dysfunction. The answer lies in capturing the needs of all segments of our economy, and in ensuring that families remain strong and unified.

Mr. Nachman further states that: “Enforcement is a necessary element of any reform effort, but we should recognize that current enforcement already is at historic highs. Further, enforcement must be federal, not local, and must take into account the factors that occur in life and anticipate the kinds of mistakes that our overly complex system sometimes creates. We hope that some of the harsh rhetoric in these standards does not overtake the need for fairness in our system. Our borders must be secure. Employment verification must be effective. But the human element must never be forgotten”.