With this being the last week of January, Immigration Reform is the featured news item throughout the United States because President Barack Obama is hoping the proposed reform will reach a compromise within the next day – January 31, 2013.
In the past Immigration Reforms have been pushed twice; the Control Act of 1986 under former President Ronald Reagan and the establishment of the “Big Fence” in 2005 under former President George W. Bush and Congress.
Both of the past reforms attempts to resolve immigration into the United States were not completely successful, since illegal residents still resided in the country.
So, what makes this immigration reform of 2013 more amiable?
During a speech in the East Wing of the White House President Obama stated that it shouldn’t make it harder for Latinos or any immigrant ethnicity to work here; it should try to encourage them to contribute to society.
Michael Navarro, a twenty-one year old computer science and welding major at Imperial Valley College, has an optimistic outlook the reform will get passed.
David Arevalo, a twenty year old music major at IVC, also thinks the reform will get passed but he has varying thoughts when it comes to the long term reality of it.
“I think the people, who took advantage of living in the U.S., will continue to the same. They might just abuse the Welfare system,” said Arevalo.
Besides that negative thought, Arevalos agrees with President Obama’s assurance that young people, who were brought here under no fault of their own, shouldn’t be deported and have an opportunity to earn citizenship, if they’re striving to become productive members of society.
Immigration Reform is the Democrats’ top priority because during this past election they received most of the Latino votes.
So, the Democratic Party believes there are better odds for the completion of this reform, but it has to be achieved with the cooperation of the Republicans.