August 27, 2013

It has been more than 3 months since the Senate passed the reform act which will legalize undocumented immigrants but the House still does not seem to have a clear path of how to deal with this issue.

According to some House Republicans, they need to address border security first and an e-verify program before they can have the discussion of legalizing illegal immigrants. Some think that the Congress may pass a reform by the end of the year, which will not include a pathway to citizenship but will instead only offer a legal status that includes a renewable work permit. Yet some Republicans state that the House should pass an immigration reform bill that allows some undocumented immigrants to earn U.S. citizenship. It seems that the idea of legalizing only Dreamers (undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a very early age) may be accepted by a larger group of House Republicans. The debate about who to legalize, if at all, seems to be going on for the foreseeable future.

On the other hand, some activists opposed to the immigration reform spent the entire month of August putting pressure on lawmakers to oppose the legalization of undocumented immigrants. However anti-immigration-reform groups appear to be canceling events for lack of participation.

Remzi Guvenc Kulen, Esq.