Politicians Are Closer To Agreement On Immigration Changes – Or Are They?
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2013 – High profile battles facing Obama’s administration may quash immigration reform.
“If you follow the news, it’s no surprise to see that money, health reform, and other issues have been dogging the footsteps of the White House since before the election. Somewhere in that morass of political confusion lies the promise of immigration reform. Will there be an agreement this year, or term? Or not? Many are betting not, while at the same time hoping against hope that it won’t turn out that way,” opined Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida.
Even before the overwhelming victory Obama pulled off, advisors and party faithful were insisting loudly that he make immigration reform the showpiece of his second term. Many felt the momentum acquired during the election would act as a powerful wave to propel immigration reform to the top of the “To Do” list. There is certainly no shortage of politicians indicating they want to get on with it, and sooner rather than later.
In a relatively rare convergence of minds and goals, Republicans and Democrats are closer now than they have even been with regard to what needs to be done with immigration reform. Currently, it appears to be the only issue they may agree on, albeit tentatively, as budget concerns, health care reform and gun control throw everyone into paroxysms of political rhetoric. “Fact is, everything ‘but’ immigration reform is being discussed right now, and while that is understandable, given the current economic situation we face as a nation, it could spell disaster for immigration reform; again,” added Rifkin.
Fact is there are nearly one thousand immigrants deported on a daily basis. Over half of those have children, and deportation means a single parent home. This creates a burden on the social services infrastructure, among other things, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed. “All of the issues relating to immigration reform need to be addressed. This isn’t news. It’s a fact that has been slapping everyone in the face for years, and here we still sit, with a broken system and a handful of broken promises. It’s time to get off the podium and handle it,” stated Rifkin.
To grab the election momentum or not is the big question of the day. Will it happen? Can the government refocus from the fiscal cliff issue and gun control and move forward with immigration reform? The clock is ticking; loudly.
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