After the reelection of President Barack Obama – who vocally supported immigration reform throughout his term and the election – many prominent politicians in both parties followed suit to support comprehensive immigration reform, according to The Huffington Post.
More than 70 percent of Latinos and Asians voted to reelect the president for a second term, though the president called the lack of immigration reform his biggest failure of his first term in office. Now, with both parties seemingly on board with the idea to give full citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, more people are becoming optimistic about future plans.
“Post-election, our community has made it very clear that immigration is an issue we look at closely,” Laura Vasquez, legislative analyst at the Immigration Policy Project told The Prospect regarding the way Latinos voted in 2012. “If politicians want to talk to us about their plans for small-business growth and economic growth more generally, our community first wants to know where they stand on immigration.”
GOP leaders, who blocked the Dream Act of 2010, introduced a measure called the Achieve Act that gives American citizenship to thousands of individuals who were brought to the country illegally as children. This act marks great success for immigration rights because those who were not supportive of these movements in the past are shifting their outlook.
Passing a comprehensive bill that would address a range of issues in relation to immigration reform is still under debate. A bill like this would settle problems in the current immigration system including the visa system for highly skilled workers, enforcement, family-unification policies, undocumented children’s status and the administration of future migration to the United States.
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