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.