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Obama, Democrats Plan To Push Immigration Reform Bill Soon

By December 10, 2012

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The word out of Washington is that the Obama administration is gearing up for a January push to get a comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress.

As soon as the fiscal cliff crisis is resolved, Democrats will be mounting a campaign on social networks to gather support for reform.

President Obama has said that the failure to fix the nation's immigration system was the biggest disappointment during his first term. He wants to capitalize on his momentum from the election to get a bill passed during the first half of next year.

As with the fiscal cliff, the president plans to make his case directly to the people and use Facebook and Twitter to rally support as he did during the election campaign.

Part of his argument will focus on the current high levels of enforcement. According to federal statistics and census data, illegal immigration has fallen sharply while deportations have risen in recent years.

The greatest single factor in driving down illegal immigration has been the sluggish U.S. jobs market. Tougher state laws have encouraged self-deportation, and federal sanctions against employers who hire illegal workers also have driven the numbers down.

The White House believes it can get a deal with Republicans after the beating they took from Hispanic and Latino voters in the election. The key will be getting a vote on a bill in Congress early next year before both parties start positioning themselves for the 2014 elections.

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December 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(1) Ali says:

Part of his argument will focus on the current high levels of enforcement. According to federal statistics and census data, illegal immigration has fallen sharply while deportations have risen in recent years.
————–Oh, sure. Our high rate of unemployment has nothing at all to do with this, IF we believe Census really knows how many illegal aliens there are. CBP reports that illegal crossings from Mexico have gone up since DACA was announced and that the number of unaccompanied minors entering went up dramatically beginning in the first quarter of this year AFTER the President announced support for the Dream Act.

December 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm
(2) Beth says:

We need to eradicate all bureaucratic obstacles which keeps the families of these immigrants apart for years. Reducing immigration is not the solution to our problems as Americans. Restricting legal immigration leads to people coming to our country illegally. Also, deportation is not the solution to our immigration problem. We just need to update our current immigration laws. Immigrants are hardworking and they come with new skills or talent. I can guarantee that if we legalize these undocumented immigrants, we as Americans will benefit from their talents and skills. Our economy will also grow if we legalize these undocument immigrants. The rest of the world will respect we Americans, if we renew our long tradition of welcoming immigrants into our beautiful country of America. The economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform are:

April 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(3) nikki says:

I believe that if this new immagration bill passes it will be a hugh disavantage for the American born citizens that have lived by the law of the land,payed their taxes and worked hard to keep the American dream alive for their children for generations.As an American that was born and raised here i fell like a second class citzen,that no longer reconizes english as the native langauge,fells completely out sourced for almost every job market even with my college earned ba degree,because i do not speak spanish or for some reason i am not part of this grand scale hispanic wave that is taking over this supposely new found job market that only they seem to be fortunate enough to be a part of.I am no means preduice but i have seen a large shift in who is getting hired and who is not and i think it will only get worse if they allow the flood gates to be opened in a already fragile job market.I diffinately think the system needs to be fixed but not with out alot of solid planning and the best intrest of the American people in mind.

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