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California advocates push for immigration reform

Advocates seeking immigration reform are becoming increasingly passionate concerning their quest. Many activists from California have gone on a five-day past in an effort to pressure Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

There is hope that a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants will come into play. Protests by the activists are being aimed at one representative from California who voted with others to deny funding for a deferred action program that has been proposed. Under this program, work permits and two-year deportation deferrals would be granted to young immigrants who had come to the United States as children. There have been protests aimed at other legislators in California as well who have been unsupportive of immigration efforts.

It is the opinion of activists that certain political leaders do not take into consideration the struggles that immigrants have to endure. They wish to be treated respectfully. They also desire to have the opportunity to be hired on and to not have to live in fear of deportation.

The process for citizenship for most immigrants is currently long and complex. Certain criteria need to be met, and a failure to meet the various requirements can lead to further delay or even outright denial of receiving citizenship status.

Experienced immigration attorneys can consult regarding every step when it comes to immigration matters. Attorneys can help fill out the paperwork, attend hearings and otherwise provide advice and counsel through the entire process.

Undocumented immigrants often have little other choice but to seek U.S. citizenship. Being forced to return to the country from which they left could place them in an untenable position.

Source: The Latino Post, "Immigration Reform 2013 News: California Activists Begin Five-Day Fast to Push for Immigration Overhaul," Selena Hill, Nov. 19, 2013

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