Saturday, November 14, 2009

Obama to tackle Comprehensive Immigration Reform Next Year

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that the Obama administration would start pushing immigration reform in the upcoming year. The plan will evidently be a "three-pronged" approach, with a re-vamped path to citizenship, a tightened interior and border enforcement system, and a pathway to legalization of the some 12 million undocumented already present in the States.

This plan is sure to be contentious among republicans (expect to get sick early of the term "amnesty") despite the fact that it mostly tracks former President Bush's failed immigration reforms. And given the massive unemployment rate, any reforms implying increased competition for jobs is bound to be unpopular. However, if the President can manage to get the once-doomed healthcare bill through both houses of Congress, is the mythical 'comprehensive immigration reform' really that far of a stretch?

More on the U.S. Immigration Debate:
Op Ed: A Bi-Partisan Blueprint for Immigration Reform
A Farewell to Lou

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