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Proposed immigration change much debated in North Carolina

The issue of immigration has long been one of discussion and sometimes contention in this country. Recently, at the national level, there has been a lot of talk surrounding reforms to U.S. Immigration Law. The contemplated reforms have received mixed reviews here in North Carolina.

In Washington, D.C., a group of bipartisan Senators has released their plan for comprehensive, nationwide immigration reform. In North Carolina, the plan has received a lot of attention from both supporters and opponents.

Immigration activists are "cautiously optimistic" about the new law. They are concerned that the law still places too much emphasis on border security, and not enough emphasis on paths to citizenship. They are concerned that the path to citizenship will not be simplified until the border is secure.

Opponents of the proposal are concerned that the law's overarching theme is that it is permissible to break the law. They do not believe people who enter the country illegally should be granted amnesty.

Some lawmakers in North Carolina have publically voiced their support for the bill. They believe the law provides the groundwork for a much needed discussion on immigration issues. Other lawmakers are happy that the proposal has brought together voices from both sides of the aisle.

It is important to remember that at this point the law is merely a proposal. What the Senators have advanced is only the first draft of their bill. It is likely there will be many changes in the future as the bill works its way through the legislative process. As the law continues to be debated and discussed immigration attorneys will keep up with any changes in order to address the concerns of their clients.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "In N.C., immigration plan receives mixed reviews," Elisabeth Arriero and Renee Schoof, Jan. 29, 2013.

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