Possible Toughening of Laws Affecting Immigrant Families Points Out the Importance of Understanding Legal Rights, says the Law Offices of Henry A. Posada

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A Los Angeles-based immigration lawyer comments on a recent article that, while it’s likely navigating immigration laws will grow more complex, immigrants who wish to stay in the United States still have various options at their disposal.

Immigration law is growing more challenging for newcomers to the U.S. and their families.

Whatever happens, there will nevertheless be strategies available to help families and individuals seeking to continue to build better lives in the United States.

An August 10th article in the Sacramento Bee discusses the possible impact of the RAISE (Reforming Immigration for Strong Employment) Act on families and individuals living near the California state capital. The bill would cut legal immigration to the U.S. in half, while prioritizing well-paid English speakers with specific job skills over sponsored family members of U.S. citizens. The article describes how some immigrant families are considering stepping up attempts to reunite their families before any such possible changes take place. Los Angeles-based immigration lawyer Henry A. Posada says that it’s appropriate for immigrant families seeking to be reunited with family members to be concerned with the possible changes in the law and it may be appropriate to try to act quickly. He adds that, whatever happens, there may nevertheless be strategies available to help families and individuals seeking to continue to build better lives in the United States.

Mr. Posada says that, while there is a great deal of concern in the nationwide immigrant community, the best way for individuals and families to proceed is to keep calm and be sure they know their legal rights as much as possible. The attorney adds, however, that the law around immigration is highly complex and is likely to grow more complex, so obtaining the advice of legal counsel is very often a highly advisable course of action and often the only way to effectively proceed.

It’s not just federal law that impacts immigrants, Mr. Posada notes. State laws may play a role as well. The lawyer points out that immigrants residing in California in particular may benefit from some recent changes in state laws. He notes that many immigrants who may have had some trouble with authorities in their past are understandably often worried about their ability to avoid deportation. Mr. Posada notes, however, that some recent changes to California state statutes may make such options as post-conviction relief more accessible, although individuals should be aware that it is a highly complex area of the law. He concludes by noting that, whatever the situation, individuals and families who are seeking to remain in the U.S. benefit from the services of competent counsel.

Readers who would like to learn more about immigration and the law are welcome to contact the Law Offices of Henry A. Posada at (562) 904-9080, or visit the law firm online at http://www.hposadalaw.com.

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