January 3, 2013
If nothing else, the last election was seen as a mandate for fixing the broken immigration system. Republicans were defeated in large part because of Latino and Asian voters who cast their ballots overwhelmingly for Democrats. Latinos voted 71% for Obama, 27% for Biden.
In an interview on Meet the Press last week, President Obama said that he will take on the issue of immigration reform this month.
From The Huffington Post:
An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities.After the passage of the "fiscal cliff" legislation Tuesday, President Obama again promised to make immigration reform a priority saying, "It's not just possible to do these things; it's an obligation to ourselves and future generations."
"In one sense, we have a long way to go, bringing 11 million Hispanics out of the shadows and into the light of day. What's different today is that the rest of the nation, the rest of America, recognizes it's time. It's your time."
So what is the timeline? Word is that it will take about two months to work out a comprehensive immigration bill that could be ready for a vote by June.
During the opening session of the 113th Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stressed that immigration must be a priority:
"By and large, the United States is a nation of immigrants. Built, enriched and strengthened by men, women and children who share our patriotism and seek the American dream. The strength of our democracy will be advanced by bold action for comprehensive immigration reform.
We must empower the voters. We must remove obstacles to participation in our democracy for all Americans.It is not just the time for the Latino immigrants and undocumented immigrants. It is time for the legal, long-term foreign workers of the CNMI!
I will continue to let policy makers know that any comprehensive immigration reform must include the CNMI foreign workers and must reflect the intent of the CNRA, which called for one uniform immigration law for the U.S. What we do not need is a comprehensive immigration law that would create a separate law for the foreign workers of the CNMI. If 1 million undocumented aliens in the U.S. are to be granted a pathway to citizenship, then so it must be for every CNMI foreign worker!