Problems with Syria may delay immigration reform into 2014

Immigration ReformSyria, a country that has experienced much turbulence recently, may also have the unfortunate side effect of distracting Congress away from pressing immigration issues.

The country has been fighting a ruthless civil war that resulted in the use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians. The world immediately responded and condemned the actions, as chemical warfare has been mutually forbidden by all countries since the horrors of World War I. The United States took up the charge against those responsible for the chemical attack, however, and Obama has implied that a missile strike is imminent.

This has sent Congress into a flurry as it tries to evaluate the decision and make a rational choice based on the evidence presented. Most all representatives agree something must be done about Syria, but there exists a large schism between preferred methods — as usual for Congress, nothing is agreed upon.

Also joining forces with the issue of Syria are looming budget issues that threaten to stranglehold government if they’re not immediately addressed by Congress. All this stacks up to little hope that immigration reform will be passed by Congress.

According to a new Rasmussen Report, only 28 percent of voters believe that comprehensive immigration legislation will be passed and put into law by Obama. A further 58 percent do not believe that the government will work to secure the border.

However, Obama has shown that he will continue to circumvent Congress’ slowness by issuing directives that grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants.