Obama Continues with New Immigration Reform
With the election behind him, it looks like one of the priorities for President Obama is pushing through his immigration reform policy. When his earlier reform policy, known as the Dream Act, failed in 2010, he instituted a mini-Dream act in 2012, which deferred deportation of people who came to the U.S. illegally at any age under 16, had high school diplomas or served in the military, and were not felons.
However, these deferrals will only last two years, and they did not cover those who came here as adults, nor did they help anyone become a citizen of the country. Now, President Obama is feeling more confident that he can put through a real reform bill. Part of this reform is keeping those who would do harm to our country out, and make a reliable way for employers to know if someone is here legally.
In return for these tougher measures, he is promising a path to legal status for those who don’t fall in the above category (which includes roughly 11 million illegal aliens already in the country). It’s not going to be the simplest process, but it is a new process nonetheless. It requires illegal aliens to come forward and register as such, be fingerprinted, succumb to a criminal and national security background check, pay any back taxes they may owe along with any fees and fines, learn English, and “get in line to become eligible for citizenship.” The process looks to take about 13 years.
It could take longer for some as well. Once all the above is complete, the illegal alien in question will be put at the back of the line, behind those who reside in foreign countries and are applying to enter the U.S. legally. Many Republicans still are against the reform, believing it amounts to nothing but amnesty.
However, with a large Hispanic turnout helping to decide the last election, the Republicans may not be able to stop the reform without hurting their own chances at re-election.
In September, Obama stated, “My biggest failure so far is we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done, so we’re going to be continuing to work on that.”
Refreshing to see he’s already on top of it.