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US immigration lawyer says Jamaicans in for worries after Republicans win

Published:Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Immigration lawyer Dahlia Walker-Huntington says Jamaican and other immigrants from the Caribbean are in for serious worries with the Republicans now in control of the  United States Senate.

Following Tuesday’s mid-term elections, President Barrack Obama’s Democratic Party lost its majority in the Senate to Republicans who have opposed several immigration reforms being pursued by Obama.

The lawyer says two of the major areas of concern include legitimising the 10-15 million undocumented immigrants which include millions from the Caribbean and speeding up the application process for potential migrants who've been in line for years.

Walker-Huntington says the rhetoric from the Republicans is not positive and their objections could result in the deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States for almost their entire lives.

However, she says immigration advocates are hoping President Obama will make more executive decisions on the key areas of immigration reforms.

Walker-Huntington says the situation is even harsher for undocumented immigrants as they are unable to participate legally in the formal economy.

But she insists that they are important to the country's economic growth.


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