Leaders Remain Positive About Immigration Reform

On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington, immigration activists urged government leaders not to give up on the fight.

“Today is about celebrating how far we’ve come and recommitting to the work that is ahead,” Cecilia Munoz said in an interview with Fox News Latino. “Immigration reform is just one piece of the agenda. We can now qualify what it means for creating jobs, not just for immigrants, but for the rest of us.”

According to the source, Munoz noted that moves on the immigration reform legislation are unlikely to happen earlier than October, which is two months past President Obama’s initial August deadline. When Congress members reconvene after their summer recess, the first items on the agenda will be the budget and the debt-ceiling, which are likely to take up the majority of September’s legislative days. The two-month delay may have a detrimental effect on the possibility of the bill passing during this calendar year, but government leaders remain positive.

“It’s very important that we try to act before the end of this year,” Sen. John McCain said at a town hall meeting on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz. “I remain guardedly optimistic that our friends in the House of Representatives will agree to their legislative process and then we can get to conference.”

According to MSNBC, leaders in the House of Representatives are looking to move forward with legislation on visa programs and enhancing border security, but the verdict is still out on creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States. How – and when – this part of the bill moves forward is still up for debate.