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What’s On the Horizon in Immigration

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With Congress in a standstill in recent months on comprehensive immigration reform, the White House has asked the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to review current enforcement priorities in Washington. Secretary Johnson is reported to be in the midst of a thorough review of immigration law and agency memoranda regarding current practices by the Department of Homeland Security.

Many immigration practitioners expect DHS to implement a new discretionary program, similar to the DACA program which was announced in June 2012, which would affirmatively designate some people as a low priority for removal and pave the way for employment authorization and possibly other benefits.

Members of Congress aren’t blind to this possibility. While it has looked like immigration reform was dead in the water due to a portion of the Republican Party holding out, recent media reports seem to indicate that Republican leadership is working the back channels to bring some sort of immigration reform legislation to the House floor for consideration.

Most people involved, including the White House, would prefer legislative reform from Congress over policy adjustments by DHS. It will be interesting to see what develops over the summer in either a legislative or administrative fix to the very complicated immigration laws we currently live by.


Bryon M. Large, Sr. is a Senior Associate Attorney at Kolko & Associates, P.C., a Denver-based full service immigration law firm. He is licensed to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court and has also been admitted by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico. Bryon actively practices removal defense, federal litigation, family-based and employment-based immigration, asylum and naturalization.

Bryon is a past Chapter Chair for the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as a Past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He currently serves as the President of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors, and is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Bryon’s true passion in life is being a father to his two children.

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