Miller Mayer immigration attorney Steve Yale-Loehr was quoted by MarketWatch in “Bipartisan Calls Grow to ‘Fix’ U.S. Border Before Approving $75 Billion to Defend Israel, Ukraine.” He said that there are incremental changes to immigration law that could garner bipartisan support and address the migrant situation at the border, which is being driven by relatively new trends. The article notes that Steve helped to convene a conference earlier this year that brought together activists, business and labor leaders, and a bipartisan group of former government officials to craft a set of reforms that could appeal to both sides of the political spectrum. “Ten years ago, the majority of people who were apprehended at the border were young males traveling by themselves primarily coming for work. Now with the breakdown of various governments in Central America, Haiti, Cuba, and Venezuela, you see families coming, fleeing just desperate situations, and that has changed the dynamic of people trying to cross into the United States.” The article notes that he and his colleagues at Cornell University Law School published a recent white paper, Immigration Reform: A Path Forward, which outlines proposals including reformation of the U.S. asylum system. Steve said that lawmakers need to recognize the “new normal” conditions at the border and adjust how the U.S. processes asylum claims, in part by reforming immigration law and creating asylum and immigration centers outside the United States at embassies and consulates so applications can be processed outside the country.

Steve and his colleagues white paper was discussed in a recent article in Forbes, “Border Bill’s Immigration Demands Would Likely Doom Aid to Ukraine.”

Steve was quoted by CBS News in “Trump Eyes Radical Immigration Shift If Elected in 2024, Promising Mass Deportations and Ideological Screenings.” Mass deportations on the scale Trump envisions “would require a massive amount of money appropriated by Congress,” he said. Steve also noted that such an operation would raise significant legal and humanitarian concerns. U.S. law affords immigrants in deportation proceedings due process, he noted. Many immigrants who could be deportable have U.S. citizen spouses or children, raising the specter of large-scale family separations. “It would be a significant change. But there’s only so much you can do through executive action. Many of the things he tried before were immediately tied up in litigation, and were ultimately struck down by the courts.”

Steve was quoted by Politico in “There Is No More Room in Mexico’: Mayor Adams Takes Mexico.” He noted that “a single trip by a politician will not dampen the flow. Mayor Adams would do better to work cooperating with the Biden administration on this complex issue, rather than striking out on his own foreign policy pursuits.”

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