Saturday, June 15, 2024

State of the Union Address Creates Optimism for Immigration Reform in 2014








At Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, President Barrack Obama emphasized that 2014 is a year of action and he expects immigration reform to be finalized.

“If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement — and fix our broken immigration system,” said President Obama.

Even though the topic of immigration was only a paragraph long in his 20-page speech, the President highlighted that by passing immigration reform, the United States economy would benefit tremendously and would assist in reducing the deficit by nearly $1 trillion dollars over the next couple of decades. Furthermore, the President encouraged Republicans in the House of Representatives to join Democrats in passing a Senate plan that got bipartisan support last June.

In addition, the Republican response following the State of the Union Address, given by House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodger (R-WA), relayed the same type of message. “We’re working on a step-by-step solution to immigration reform by first securing our borders and making sure America will always attract the best, brightest, and hardest working from around the world,” McMorris said.

There is much optimism in this country that immigration reform will occur this year with recent news that the House is ready to reveal a list of principles that they claim will help them put together a series of immigration bills, including a bill that will grand legal status to undocumented immigrants and citizenship to Dreamers.