In Las Vegas today, President Obama announced that “the time is now” for immigration reform that will provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States who abide by the law, pay their taxes, and learn English. You can watch his speech here.
A group of eight Senators also released a framework for immigration reform on Monday and Obama’s reform proposal is similar except that the “Gang of Eight”‘s proposal requires that certain metrics be met on border security before green cards can be distributed.
I strongly agree with Obama that this country needs immigration reform that will provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Since there are currently an estimated 11 million undocumented residents in the United States, deporting them all is simply not feasible. Last year, the US government deported more people than ever and they were only capable of deporting 409,849 illegal immigrants.
There are also strong economic and moral reasons for immigration reform that I plan to get into when I have more time. I hope that these reforms become reality and that legislation will not be held up by Republicans who are upset by progressive elements of Obama’s immigration reform proposal, like his proposal to give homosexual couples the same treatment as heterosexual couples under immigration law.
So what do you guys think of Obama’s immigration reform proposal?