Interesting theory ... it might work.
Have a US Citizen friend/family member file a FOIA .... get a lawyer to help fill in the form the right way.
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Look. Who cares about the new legislation proposal? If you do, you are wasting your time. That proposal, when and IF, which is a huge IF, it becomes a law, will be nothing like a proposal you have now being discussed in the Senate. I am not talking about a "bridge to nowhere" you might and are likely to find in any legislation that comes out of the Congress. I am not talking unrelated issues attached to the immigration reform, which will inevitably be there. I am talking about a completely different set of rules, which the House Bill will have an the bunch of the provisions from the Senate Bill lost in the conference process as a compromise. You will have plenty of time learning what the law is when it is finally the law. I say, there will be no immigration reform. It will die in the process of being enacted. I remember attending AILA chapter conference in Boston in 2009. They had a panel on immigration reform and very specific points on a number of potential reform provisions. Most of those, are not even in the current proposal. We are now in 2013. 4 years later we are still in the dark as to whether anything immigration related has a reasonable chance of being enacted. So, stop dwelling on this.
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I agree with Counsel Segal and share his realistic assessment of the stagnant state of affairs with the passage of any sensible immigration reform by the government. Experience and acute observation taught me to look at issues with a broader perspective noting details that make a difference.
The way the bill passage is inching forward, it gets encumbered by additional requirements and considerations that weigh down and meet further opposition by isolated power groups with specific disassociated agenda that further tear the Bill's fabric in procedural tatters.
To put is simply, it is easy to derail any bill of such significance given political leanings by so many lobbying groups with ability to quagmire its passage.
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