Immigration Reform – Part 4
Today we’ll finish up our series on Immigration Reform and what is happening in the U.S. right now. Much has happened in the last week regarding immigration reform, and it seems that this will continue to be a hot-button issue in the next year.
This past week, President Obama announced that he was issuing an executive order that would allow illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before they were 16 and attended a US high school (or served in the military) to get a work permit and not face deportation. This article from Fox News describes more about the executive order:
“The executive order will apply to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 and are younger than 30. They also must have no major criminal offenses, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have graduated from a U.S. high school or have earned a GED, or served in the military.” Read More Here.
This Executive Order will have a sweeping affect on illegal immigrants, with some experts suggesting that this measure could affect 800,000 young adults who are currently considered illegal immigrants.
Likewise, in the last week a major immigration reform bill was about to be introduced by Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, but the Senator scrapped plans to introduce this Republican bill after President Obama’s Executive Order was announced. While many Republicans in Congress were hoping Senator Rubio’s bill would present a workable compromise, it appears that Congressional Republicans now believe President Obama is trying to side-step Congressional authority to decide immigration matters in an effort to drum up campaign support for himself.
Likewise, in addition to issues surrounding the DREAM Act, both Republicans and Democrats alike have been calling for reform in the arena of H-1B Work Visas. The quota this year for H-1Bs filled up very quickly, which is a good sign that the economy is improving. However, the limited number of work visas mean that our best and brightest immigrants are not able to get visas.
What does all this mean? The fact that these issues are being so heavily discussed by both Republicans and Democrats means that we will likely see some sort of major immigration reform in the next year. Let’s hope that this reform doesn’t just provide a band-aid solution to these problems, but provides a comprehensive approach to reforming our immigration laws.
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