In a move that's being praised by Hispanic groups, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says "The purpose of the new process is to reduce the time that U.S. families remain separated while their relative proceeds through the immigrant visa process." That process can take up to ten years.
The National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic civil rights group in the nation is praising the new plan.
The president of the organization, Janet Marguia calls it a "sensible and compassionate proposal" that helps bring sanity to an often senseless process.
Before changes can take effect, the government will have to issue details of the rule then has to take public comments on it.
The proposal is expected to help President Obama's re-election effort with both Democrats and Republicans indicating Hispanic voters could decide the 2012 election.
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