New Immigration Reforms to Take Effect By End of the Year
President Obama made an announcement earlier this week on issuing new orders on immigration in the following three months.
With over 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the country, President Obama looks to introduce a series of orders and reforms that would grant them status. Obama reassured supporters that the orders will take place sometime between the November elections and year end while attending a gala hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
President Obama made the decision to delay the immigration executive orders until the 4th of November when the congressional elections will be held. This decision comes as a little surprise considering the volatility of this political and socio-economic issue.
Republicans are not as happy about the President’s plans. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, states:
"The president's promise isn't about making the best policy or enforcing the law — it's an admission that his pledge to not uphold the law in the future would be bad for his party now. The president is required to take care that the laws are faithfully executed, not — as he has admitted — make them up as he sees fit."
On the other hand, immigration advocates have criticized Obama’s plan as well, and stated that he is not taking responsibility for resolving this issue. This comes as little surprise as the number of deportations has hit record levels since his tenure as President.
The Democratic Senate passed and approved a bill last year that provides a citizenship route for those living in the US illegally. However, the Republican House has not shared the same sentiments, and believes accepting these immigrants will only encourage more illegal movement across borders.