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Getting Ready for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Ready, set … wait

Attorneys say they’ll be prepared to handle increased demand if immigration reform passes

August 28, 2013 6:00 AM

by Heather B. Hayes

Photo by Mark Rhodes


Immigration attorney Donusia Lipinski has seen different legislative efforts to overhaul the federal immigration system fail over the years, so she’s hesitant to get her hopes up about the possibility of a major reform package coming together this year — despite the fact that the U.S. Senate recently passed a version of a bill.

Still, Lipinski won’t give herself the luxury of waiting. Her Blue Ridge Immigration Law Center LLC, staffed by her and two part-time legal assistants, is focused on providing legal services to immigrants living in Warrenton and the outlying rural areas, including Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties.

When additional space in her office building came up for lease late last year, she grabbed it. Now her firm plans to hire attorneys and legal assistants who are fluent in Spanish, have a passion for helping people and are willing to work very hard.

“If reform goes through, we’re all going to be very, very busy,” states Lipinski. “It’s a risk, but I want to be ready. I don’t want to have to turn anybody away.”

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