As the fight for better immigration laws continues, identifying who the true champions of immigration reform are has been difficult. The Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, passed a comprehensive bill that suggests ways to improve border security protocols, gives immigrants greater access to foreign worker visas, and lays the groundwork of criteria undocumented immigrants must meet in order to earn U.S. citizenship. However, when the bill was passed to the Republican-led House of Representatives, the majority was unable to come to an agreement, stalling the process yet again. Now, many Republicans are rallying to decrease the damage this indecision has caused, chief among former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Reframing public opinion of immigration reform
Bush made some controversial statements earlier this month while attending a 25th anniversary celebration of George H.W. Bush’s presidency. According to the former governor of Florida, at the center of immigration reform is the love undocumented workers have for their families.
“It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said in a speech. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”
Reasons Republicans are hesitant to sign the bill
Although the efforts of former Gov. Bush are valiant, the GOP as a whole is unwilling to pass any bill that offers undocumented immigrants a path toward citizenship. According to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., most Republican representatives think immigration reform is what’s best for the country, but they don’t want to put their names on the bill for fear of alienating voters. However, after the primaries finish this summer and votes are secured, Schumer believes there is a good chance that immigration reform will make substantial progress.