Category: Republican immigration plan

Democrats to President Obama: Do what Republican Presidents Have done Before you on Immigration Reform

The Democratic leadership in Congress sent a letter to President Obama urging him to issue an executive order granting relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. The letter sited the fact that previous presidents, including Republicans, have used their executive powers to grant such relief. Republicans have opposed such move.

As I have said before, these measures, while welcome, do not negate the fact that we need comprehensive immigration reform passed by Congress. This might not happen though, in light of the highly polarized atmosphere we have on capitol hill.

Stay tuned for updates on what is going on. Fox News reported last week that the executive order might be issued this week.

Immigration Reform and the Battle between the Parties

Immigration reform has become a hot topic after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The Republicans proposed their own plan for immigration reform yesterday. The highlight of their plan is to block undocumented immigrants from getting a special path to citizenship. The plan also calls for undocumented to pay back taxes, pass rigorous background checks lean English and American civics.  The President is now on board for a plan, even if it does not have a special path to citizenship. The Republican plan also calls for securing the boarder before any reform takes place. 
I honestly do not think that these plans will work. The Republican plan ends with the hope that this plan will end illegal immigration. This plan seemed like a Republican attempt to silence their critics. There are several problems with both plans, like the failure to address the need for highly skilled workers. I will be writing several blog entries in the next couple of weeks addressing these shortcomings. Please comment or email me at yakzana@gmail.com of you have any questions.