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America's STEM industries supporters of immigration reform

In his recent State of the Union address, the President spoke about immigrants coming to America and contributing to the culture. He believes such contributions will attract others to bring more business here, helping to improve the lives of citizens and immigrants alike. A stereotype may exist in Miami of immigrants coming to America to only work those jobs that others don’t want. Yet perhaps the largest impact immigrants are making on American culture is in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) sector.

Waiting for reform, immigrant families face uncertain futures

As federal lawmakers continue to work towards a compromise on immigration reform, immigrants in Miami and throughout the rest of the country continue to wonder what the future holds for them and their families. While the federal government makes a certain number of family visas available each year, individual cases can remain backlogged for years. Many may feel that they simply can’t wait that long. It’s currently estimated that as many as 50,000 people attempt to enter the country on their own every month. While being undocumented carries the risk of deportation, many feel it’s worth it to keep their families together.

Woman facing deportation reunited with family after 18 months

The stress placed on Miami families facing immigration issues can be extreme as they try to cope with idea that at any moment, those family members who are undocumented immigrants could face deportation. Such concerns often deter many from actively seeking proper residency status as they fear that if their status as an illegal immigrant is discovered, they could face detention and deportation. Those subjected to such action can attest to the notion that actually deporting someone to their country of origin is rarely easy.

Potential deal on federal immigration bill in the works?

As anyone in Miami who listened to the President’s State of the Union address can attest to, immigration remains at the forefront of the topics currently being batted around Washington. While this offers hope to those who were concerned that other matters would spell the end for the immigration debate for the current year, both sides of the aisle still remain far apart on certain points proposed by the immigration legislation sent forth from the Senate last year. Chief among them remains the path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Yet recent comments made by the President seem to indicate willingness to compromise on this issue in order the move the proposed immigration bill forward.

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