On January 21, 2013 President Barack Obama delivered his second inaugural address. Amidst the myriad of problems Obama addressed, journalists are harping on what they call a “hard line on immigration reform.” Obama encouragingly noted that, as Americans, “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity…Until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce, rather than expelled from our country.” Despite the hopeful overtones of his speech, immigration reform has been notoriously difficult to pass in Congress.
This Thursday, February 7, 2013, Obama reiterated to Congress “that he is relying on their support for comprehensive immigration reform, even if they fear the political ramifications” (Foley). Promising signs of this reform being achieved comes in the form of the “gang of eight,” a bipartisan group in the Senate consisting of four Republicans and four Democrats who have come together to release their own vision for immigrations reform as a follow-up to Obama’s aggressive push.
The current state of immigration reform rests upon the demands Obama has made including a “path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, more border security and better interior enforcement.” The “Gang of Eight” altered this vision slightly to include green cards tied “to yet-to-be-determined border metrics to disallow immigrants granted provisional status from becoming legal permanent residents until those triggers were met” (Foley).
The increasing support from Republicans indicates that at least some sort of compromise is likely to be reached. Says Obama, "I am heartened to see Republicans and Democrats starting to be in a serious conversation about getting this done…Now is the time" (Foley).
Latinas, now is the time to weigh in on this issue. Do think that the reforms being formulated and discussed are adequate? For those undocumented Latinos, what do you envision the path to American citizenship looking like?
Foley, Elise. "Obama On Immigration Reform: Politics Not Easy, But 'Now Is The Time'." Huffington Post. N.p., 07 Jan 2013. Web. 8 Feb 2013. a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/07/obama-immigration-reform_n_2638843.html">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/07/obama-immigration-reform_n...