President Trump Unveils Sweeping Immigration Reform Plan

On May 16, 2019, during a speech in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump unveiled an ambitious “Bold Immigration Plan for the 21st Century” that would dramatically change the immigration law landscape in the United States. The multi-point plan calls for permanent funding and enhancement to border security, an overhaul of the nation’s asylum procedures, and a move to a more merit-based permanent immigration system. Even if this plan does not become law, it does provide a compelling view of the Trump Administration’s immigration goals and priorities.

  1. Enhancing Border Security

President Trump’s plan calls for the establishment of a “permanent, self-sustaining border security fund” that would be paid for through fees and revenues generated at ports of entry.  According to the Trump Administration, this permanent fund would allow law enforcement to enhance and support border security without having to wait on Congress to allocate funds. Additionally, the Administration claims the fund would “make certain that 100 percent of people and goods entering the United States are properly inspected at the border.”

At this time, the Administration has not yet provided any specific details about the levels of fees that will be charged, how revenue will be generated, how the fund will be managed, or how the fund will ensure a 100 percent inspection rate. President Trump has consistently made border security a hallmark of his administration; therefore, it is likely this issue will remain a focus of immigration policy.

  • Changes to the Asylum Process
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How Will the 2016 Presidential Election Affect Immigration Reform?

election.wikimediaby Jennifer Grady, Esq. and Grady Firm Law Clerk

With the American presidential election cycle in full swing, immigration reform continues to be a heated and controversial topic.  The presidential campaign front-runners, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, have widely divergent perspectives on the issue.  Below is a look at each candidate’s stance on the ability of undocumented immigrants to gain legal US citizenship. Continue reading

California Bans the Use of the Word “Notario” and Prohibits Immigration Consultants From Collecting Money for Services Related to Federal Immigration Reform that Has Not Yet Been Passed by Congress

AB 1159 aims to prevent immigration consultant ("notario") fraud

AB 1159 aims to prevent immigration consultant (“notario”) fraud

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.

New consumer-protection legislation was signed into law on October 5, 2013 by Governor Jerry Brown in response to reports from law enforcement that the federal debate over immigration reform was prompting scams aimed at undocumented immigrants.  The new law, Assembly Bill 1159, prohibits attorneys and immigration consultants from demanding or accepting money to assist undocumented immigrants with applying for lawful status under alleged federal immigration reform until Congress has actually passed such a law.  One such example is the pending Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” or Senate Immigration Bill 744, which was introduced in the Senate on April 16, 2013, but must be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. Continue reading