Immigration Reform – This Year or Next Year?
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – Politicians suggest immigration reform will be accomplished this year. Immigration groups wonder if that is true.
“The whole immigration reform scenario has become a football kicked randomly back and forth across the political landscape. Few points are scored, and there are players still waiting the game out, until the referees choose to do something constructive. Some Republicans are saying it will pass the Senate this year, which is a much longer time than when they first said it had to be done just after their election loss,” pointed out Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida.
It has been reported in the media that eight Senators are huddled in meetings, attempting to work out a compromise on immigration. While updates on progress have been issued, the reports indicate no deal has been reached, which is not surprising given the politically contentious nature of the subject. It appears they are striving for a more workable political consensus regarding the DREAM Act and its impact on children, employer verification, high-skilled visas and border security.
“Interestingly enough, political consensus has little to do with reality ---- the reality of over 11 million people living their lives in citizenship limbo,” Rifkin added.
An enormous portion of the nation’s voting population are sitting on tenderhooks, waiting to find out if they will succeed in becoming American citizens, as per Obama’s election promise; for the second time. There is still no deal and the debate rages on. There are arguments over what to do with low-skilled workers, differences of opinion on border security, and reservations about the DREAM Act. In short, there is nothing new to report, because the same old arguments are being recycled once again. Another stall is likely in the works, although that may not necessarily mean immigration reform itself is dead.
Obama is keeping hands-off the current negotiations, hoping the senators have the intelligence and gumption to work things out, soon. Whether or not the senators do have the will to make necessary changes still remains to be seen, as many of them are driven by political whims, not what is ideally best for the country, despite what they mutter about in news scrums.
“Perhaps this whole session will amount to another year of duck and run for cover. No one really knows. However, the fact remains, immigration reform must be dealt with before too much more time passes. Human rights are involved, and given the fact that the nation prides itself on justice and fairness for all, it is long past time to rectify the immigration debacle,” said Rifkin.
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