Attorneys Want Fixes to Legal Immigration System, Too

The debate over what to do with the estimated 12 million people living in the country illegally has dominated the discussion on comprehensive immigration reform. But attorneys say key fixes are needed to the legal immigration system as well.

David Leopold, the general counsel and past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said Congress needs to address a subpar visa system and the backlog in immigration cases to avoid the same surge in illegal migration that took place after President Ronald Reagan’s immigration reform effort almost 30 years ago.

“People talk about the Reagan amnesty of 1986 and ...

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