There is news that the Colorado state lawmakers are in the process of allotting state legal residency card. It is heard that the card will be called as the Purple Card and will be similar to the Legal Permanent Residency card known as the Green Card.
The Congress has failed to reach an agreement on immigration for a long time now. Tired of waiting for the federal government to “do something” about immigration reform, some Colorado lawmakers have come up with an alternate solution. Some Democrats in the state legislature have a plan which would allow the state to issue their own “purple cards” (a state-level version of a green card), offering legal status to well-behaved illegal aliens.
State lawmakers informed that if Congress won’t reform the immigration system, they will try to reform in their own way by introducing a new bill.
This bill would allow anyone who has paid state taxes for at least two years and hasn’t had a felony in three years to be eligible for legal status.
The bill would make Colorado the first state in the country with its own legal work permit.
This announcement has certainly brought some kind of hope for thousands of illegal and undocumented immigrants.
The lawmakers also stated that in addition to granting “legal status” to illegal aliens in Colorado, one of the biggest supporters of the purple card movement claims that the program would allow all of those people to work on the books and pay taxes under their own name.
The bill’s sponsor says that the state would, “protect employers who hire those with purple cards from federal penalties.”
It is however not very easy to pass this regulation. Several details need to be worked out and considered before any such regulation is enacted. Specific details have not been shared by the law makers as yet.
It has been stated that The Colorado Department of Labor would be charged with developing the program.
Emandi Law firm is closely following up the details of the bill and will update all the viewers once further details are made available. Please visit www.emandilaw.com for latest updates on immigration.