"For the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together," President Obama stated this month in regards to the current bipartisan immigration-reform plan that appears to be gaining momentum in the Senate right now.
Readers of our blog know that in recent months, the president has been making tremendous efforts to sway Congress and the Senate to change existing immigration laws for the better; but with many Republicans hesitant to back any drastic reforms, the president has been cautious about making plans that look too much like his own. That's why Sen. Chuck Schumer from New York says that it's important for this new plan to pass in a bipartisan way.
Tensions have been high since the election, and experts say that Republicans have had to relax on many of the anti-immigration views they held so tightly to. But despite the tensions, in the recent months, both parties appear to have come to some common ground when it comes to immigration law reform.
Both seek new border security measures, tougher employer-verification systems and a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million immigrants already in the country that are accused of being here illegally. But where there were similarities, there were also key differences that many experts say could mean that the president and politicians will have a "tough road ahead."
The future may be unclear when it comes to potential immigration law reform, but many people in New York and throughout the country are hopeful that the new reform will make it easier for people to achieve their dream of living in America very soon.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Obama Ready With Own Plan," Laura Meckler and Peter Nicholas, Jan. 29, 2013