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Immigration law a hot-topic in Washington, D.C. this summer

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Immigration law has been a hot button topic in the United States for years. As such, Washington, D.C. has seen its fair share of headlines concerning immigration law and immigrant rights. Recently, a coalition of civil liberties and a number of immigrant rights advocates were the focus of a news report highlighting their desire to prohibit law enforcement agencies from radical profiling against immigrants.

The bipartisan immigration bill, which is 867 pages in length, is expected to be in the forefront of the Congressional agenda all summer long. A provision to the bill would prohibit profiling, and would be a first-time decision for federal law. However, advocates believe that some of the exemptions contained in the proposal would undermine the impact of the bill.

A number of issues are expected to launch debate in the area of immigration law as lawmakers learn more about the sweeping legislation. As it stands, there has been no overhaul to immigration law in the United States in nearly three decades. As such, it can be expected the new legislation will receive lots of attention in Washington, D.C., from lawmakers and citizens alike.

Immigration issues have a deep history in Maryland, and that history only adds fuel to fiery debates over discrimination and national security. Thankfully, immigrants in the United States have rights. Those rights are protected in the court of law. The right legal representation can ensure immigrants in the United States, including those in the Washington, D.C. area, are afforded every opportunity to defend themselves against discrimination.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Racial profiling provision of immigration bill scrutinized," John Fritze, June 12, 2013

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