Can Immigration Reform Really Happen?


Now that the President is re-elected, the question of whether immigration reform will happen can only be answered in one sentence:  It depends. 

Since Tuesday's election some prominent Republican senators have gone on record expressing the urgency about tackling the immigration system.  On Thursday, November 8th, Speaker of the House Boehner endorsed comprehensive immigration reform by saying "I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I'm confident that the President, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all." 

While the Republicans have been "cold" on the issue for quite some time it seems now that the election is over some Republic Senators are becoming luke-warm to the idea of working on comprehensive immigration reform in the coming months, especially after it became evident the Hispanic vote was very important to this last election and the Republicans lost many of them.  

With the Speaker of the House already setting a tone and the President's renewed commitment to prioritizing a solution for the country's immigration system woes, it is this writer's belief that reform can happen in 2013.

The last time the Congress entertained the issue, passage of legislation was only a few votes off.  Perhaps now, with many Republicans realizing the election may have been lost due to several blunders by Governor Romney, one being when he spoke about "self-deportation" as the solution to our country's immigation problems, we can start to see some reasonable legislation that addresses both parties' concerns of legalizing an estimated 12 million people while not sacrificing border security and control of illegal migration.

Maybe Immigration Reform can happen in 2013 if Republicans are motivated enough to recapture some of the Hispanic vote in time for the next election. 

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