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Comprehensive Immigration Reform More Likely After Obama Reelection

By November 12, 2012

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The fallout from last week's election is already showing itself in the form of revived efforts to fix the nation's immigration system.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he believes there is a "darn good chance" of Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform next year.

Schumer said he is working with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to come up with a bipartisan approach to reform that will be based on a model that has had considerable support in Congress for much of the last decade.

The legislation would have four key components:

  • Enhanced border control to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
  • Strict penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants and a reliable system that allows businesses to check the immigration status of their workers.
  • A guestworker program and visa policy that allows U.S. businesses to bring in the skilled and unskilled workers they need.
  • And, most important for immigrant advocates, a path to permanent residency and citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country. They would be required to pass background checks, learn English and pay fees and taxes.

Now that President Obama is reelected, the immigration agenda for his second term is taking shape.

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November 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm
(1) IlleagalAlien says:

The Republican party and the tea party think they’re fooling us “all the illeagal aliens”, but we’ll make sure no republican candidate reaches the white house in the next two decades, ofcourse we’ll make sure the republicans bite the dust and all those racist ticoons pay for what they have done to us for the past decade. forgive and forget NEVER, we’ll be the majority voter block in the next two decades and we’ll desapear the republican white party

November 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm
(2) LegalAlien says:

I’m very interested in how they handle the “illegal alien”. As a law abiding alien, I have been in the States for about half a decade, legally, working and paying taxes. I have been doing exactly what many of these illegal alien chose not to do or simply pass it as “too hard” to do.

I would have to wait about 15 years in the legal route to become citizen in the US. That’s pretty typical for those who followed the law as well.

Now, if all the sudden, these illegal alien simply get a free pass to become citizen (less than say a decade of waiting, without work requirement, without investment, or financial stability…), some (and admittingly maybe including myself) will consider just abandon the law and becomes illegal simply because it’s the more logical path.

I hope they will be very careful with the small percentage of legal alien in the US as well. We are also some of the most productive community as well. Punishing us for being law abinding is just cruel.

November 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm
(3) Henryk A. Kowalczyk says:
November 14, 2012 at 7:38 am
(4) sivanadipatham says:

I came here legally and open up a business and changed my status to L1 . The problem started when renewing my L1 the local lawyer made a mistake and I tried to rewrite that mistake for the past 8 years and still I am under the same place where I stood 8 years ago. I cannot leave the country , I cannot have a ID . I can do my business and I can pay my taxes. Is this what the the system has for people want to do business here and hire locals . ?

November 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(5) Zouzouka Zouzouka says:

Well….I came to this country with a student visa. I went to school. Right after college, I should have gone to my country…I overstayed my visa.
I am living in the country illegaly with college education that can’t be used efficiently…I hope President Obama will sign into a bill a comprehensive immigration reform.

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