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Senate Passes Sweeping Immigration Bill

Today the U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to pass a sweeping immigration bill that would put the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants on the path to American citizenship and invest $46 billion to increase border security and overhaul the country’s immigration system.

The bill, drafted by a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight and backed by President Obama, would represent the biggest change in immigration laws since 1986. Among other things, it would increase H-1Bvisa numbers and would create several brand-new temporary work visa categories, including one for entrepreneurs. However, the bill faces strong opposition in the House of Representatives, where many Republicans oppose giving legal status and eventual citizenship to the undocumented immigrants living here illegally. Although the House of Representatives could adopt the Senate bill, it is more likely that the House will draft its own version of the bill.

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Susan J. Cohen, Immigration Attorney, Mintz Levin Law Firm
Member and Chairperson of the Immigration Section

Susan is the founder and Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice, which is composed of 10 attorneys and 15 immigration specialists and assistants who service the immigration needs both of Mintz Levin’s existing corporate and individual clients, and of new clients who choose the firm precisely for its knowledge in the field of immigration and nationality law. Mintz Levin also is committed to handling political asylum cases, most of which are taken on a pro bono basis.

Susan is actively involved in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has chaired and co-chaired a...