According to a recent statement by a White House spokesman, the Obama Administration will spearhead a push for immigration reform in the United States by the end of January. The plan of action is aimed at making good on the President's re-election campaign promise of immigration reform.
Of course, skeptics are quick to point out that President Obama made similar promises during his first term when he pledged to lead immigration reform during his first year in office, but little to nothing was accomplished.
In reference to the skepticism, the White House spokesman said that the climate in the House and Senate has changed since the President's first term, suggesting that immigration reform has a better shot of being accomplished this time around.
The White House spokesman highlighted a few of the key issues the Obama Administration would like to get accomplished with immigration reform. They include:
- Implementing stronger border security.
- Imposing harsher penalties against businesses that knowingly employing undocumented immigrants.
- Providing a pathway for legal residency after back taxes and potential fines have been applied.
Even without the assistance of Congress, the Obama Administration began taking steps to implement immigration reform in the United States. Last summer, the White House announced its "deferred action" program, which halts deportation and grants temporary work permits to qualifying young illegal immigrants.
Additionally, the Obama Administration recently announced a rule change that will allow undocumented immigrants who are applying for green cards to stay in the country while their applications are processed. This change is set to begin in March of this year.
Source: Fox News Latino, "Obama Plans to Push Immigration Reform By End of January," Jan. 3, 2013
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