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Immigration Reform May Hinge On Presidential Election Results

Posted by Matthew Green | Jul 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

In an interview on July 29, 2016, Arizona Senator John McCain said that, "sooner or later, depending on the results of the election, we'll have to take up [immigration reform] again."  McCain was one of eight senators who proposed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate, but died in the House of Representatives, in 2013.  McCain, who was the Republican Party's presidential candidate, said again that stronger border security would be a requirement of any reform legislation.  

Unlike the current Republican nominee for the presidency, Donald Trump, McCain did not mention building a larger border wall as a necessary component of increased border security.  Instead, McCain said that "we're currently installing watchtowers - I believe that's a better choice than having an agent sitting in front of a wall in a patrol car at 115 degrees Fahrenheit."  

Over the last week, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, and her running mate for Vice-President, Tim Kaine, each swore that, if elected, they will push a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the first 100 days of the new administration.  During her acceptance speech in Philadelphia last week, Mrs. Clinton denounced the Republican nominee’s call to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We will not build a wall,” Clinton said. “Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one. And we'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy.  She added: “I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to kick them out. Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together -- and it's the right thing to do. “

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Matthew Green

Managing Partner. Green | Evans-Schroeder (formerly Law Offices of Matthew H. Green) focuses on the aggressive defense of immigrants. A native of Arizona, Mr. Green understands the difficulties that immigrants and families of immigrants face when a loved one is charged with a crime. He knows how frightening it can be for some...


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