Rural Immigration Initiative

Immigration Reform seems to dominate the political landscape some days. Other days, it seems as if immigration reform is a passing trend, and we will never see the end of the long road to repairing our broken system. Either way, immigration benefits that exist today or may exist tomorrow provide hope for many residents across the U.S., legal and illegal.

In 2000, I had been practicing immigration law for just two years. Then, after the Bush-Gore election, then-President Bill Clinton signed the LIFE Act into law. The LIFE Act should have addressed many of the immigration problems we face today. But the LIFE Act fell short. Far short.

Two problems that crippled efforts to address illegal immigration in 2000 remain in place today. First, lack of knowledge. Many people who might benefit from immigration reform never learn about it or learn too late to take advantage of it. Second, the lack of qualified counsel to help clients understand their rights and their options means clients get limited information or, worse, incorrect information. (Click here to learn more about Notarios.)

The Coles Firm is now launching its Rural Immigration Initiative to combat these two problems. Working with local civic, religious, and professional groups, The Coles Firm is committed to bringing meaningful immigration benefits to those who might otherwise go ignored. If you live in a major metropolitan area, you likely know of the many resources available to help address immigration challenges. In rural, often agricultural, communities, these resources may not exist. The Rural Immigration Initiative is one way to help bring qualified counsel to those who need it most.

Whatever your position on immigration reform, I suspect you would rather reduce the number of criminals who profit from preying on immigrants, reduce the number of uninsured drivers, increase the state and local tax base by including everyone in the system, and discourage future illegal immigration by creating a viable alternative. If you support any of these, chances are you should support some type of immigration reform.

If your community would benefit from the Rural Immigration Initiative, please feel free to contact us here.