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Obama Tells 'Meet the Press' Immigration Reform Coming

By December 30, 2012

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President Obama, in an interview Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, says he intends to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform in the weeks ahead, despite looming battles with Congress over the budget, taxes, entitlement reform and gun control.

"I've said fixing the immigration system is a top priority. I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done," the president said. "I think we've talked about it long enough. We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support."

Obama wants a comprehensive bill that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country. Also on the table is DREAM Act legislation that would allow young illegal immigrants who came here as children to stay in the country and work or study.

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January 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm
(1) Don Crocetti says:

While the policies associated with the collection of biographic information and biometrics, and the performance of pre- and post-entry background checks, need enhancement (broader application/standardization), Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) should primarily focus on:
re-engineering our labor-based system to ensure employment-based visas are issued to those possessing the skills and experience needed in modern day America;
implementing E-Verify nationwide;
developing a rigorous employer compliance program aimed at encouraging compliance and penalizing willful violators;
requiring all foreign nationals lawfully in the U.S. to be issued a secure, government-issued identification and authorization card;
re-engineering the administrative removal process to enable the expeditious removal of those unlawfully present in the U.S. who do not fear persecution or are entitled to some form of statutory relief; and
developing a three-step legalization program aimed at enabling those who qualify (criteria to-be-determined) to first receive temporary residence; after a to-be-determined number of years and full compliance with established requirements, apply for permanent residence; and after five years and establishing eligibility, apply for naturalization.
Needless to say, the development of CIR needs to be done in a bi-partisan manner from start-to-finish. Meaningful reform will not happen with party-driven (partisan) legislation. It is simply too complex and sensitive, and must contain a balance of benefits and enforcement.

January 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm
(2) Joe says:

Also included in the comprehensive reform should be waiver re-form. I am a U.S. citizen and my wife is banned from re-entering the U.S. for 10 years. This has torn my family apart. My wife was not a criminal

January 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm
(3) Don says:

There are hardship-based waivers available. Suggest you seek the services of an immigration lawyer.

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