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Immigration reform could get boost from religious voters

Our readers in North Carolina know full well about how laws regarding immigration can take seemingly forever to be changed and implemented. People awaiting immigration reform might have to endure long periods of time away from their loved ones.

Much of the rancor is political. Immigration reform can be a political football, thrown around from party to party depending on the climate in Washington. Just recently, John Boehner, the speaker of the House, released some principles designed to guide House members through the debates expected on immigration legislation. However, not long after, Boehner said that such legislation wasn't likely to pass this year anyway.

Long impatient with the lack of action, religious leaders are now doing what they can to transform the issue from a political one to a moral one. This weekend, pastors in many churches with large Latino membership will encourage their congregants to contact members of Congress regarding the issue -- and to ask that the legislation be passed.

By framing the issue as one of social justice, the idea of immigration reform might gain more traction -- especially in an election year. If members of Congress think that support for them might wane if they continue to oppose reform, their minds might be changed.

If and until that happens, though, there are still many people in limbo, awaiting visa or dreading deportation. People who have immigration issues that need immediate attention might want to find legal advice from trusted attorneys who are experienced in this area of law.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Religious Leaders Pressure GOP on Immigration," Laura Meckler, Feb. 26, 2014

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