Immigration reform advocates are growing increasingly impatient over inactivity caused by lawmakers in the nation’s capitol. According to The Wall Street Journal, proponents of swift immigration reform are thinking about changing their initial approach regarding the issue. Rather than offering a special path to citizenship, proponents may consider compromising on a special type of legal status.
The efforts are mainly aimed at speeding up the immigration reform process in the U.S. House of Representatives. While undocumented workers will receive some sort of legal status, they will not have all the rights associated with citizenship. This would allow undocumented workers to live and work in the country.
After some time, individuals with this special legal status would be allowed to apply for a green card and later obtain citizenship. The compromise proposal would make 11 million undocumented foreigners eligible to apply for green cards and would also make them legal permanent residents in the country.
The compromise plan comes after Congressmen John Carter and Sam Johnson gave up working with the Group of Seven team, which supported a broad bipartisan bill, according to The Washington Post. While the two lawmakers are dedicated to immigration reform in the United States, they cited President Barack Obama as the main reason for abandoning their efforts. The two House members do not feel the president will uphold any new reform laws that Congress may pass.
“If past actions are the best indicators of future behavior, we know that any measure depending on the president’s enforcement will not be faithfully executed. It would be gravely irresponsible to further empower this administration by granting them additional authority or discretion with a new immigration system,” Carter and Johnson said in a joint statement.