CIR, where are we headed?

October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

With the elections looming ahead in just short of three weeks, the pressure is on everyone in the running. Aside from the mad rush to make last-minute impact on voters with an overwhelming amount of political campaign ads, at least here in Ohio, the flurry of emails and the incessant phone calls polling for voter opinions, there is just one big question for me: what’s going to happen to immigration reform once the 112th US Congress takes office? If the Republicans achieve the majority in the House and the Senate, we may be looking at a reform bill that focuses largely on enforcement mechanisms and not so much on the benefits. There has long been an ongoing CIR debate on the varying pros and cons of having immigrants in this country. Although everyone agrees that reform is necessary and long overdue, how exactly we should proceed has always been a point of contention. On September 29, 2010, the first time since 2007, Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced the most current CIR proposal, Bill 3932, into the Senate. Currently under review by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, the bill includes legalization mechanisms with strict built-in “triggers” and tough enforcement measures. It also includes the recent DREAM Act that had failed to pass. The introduction of this bill is another step taken toward immigration reform, or at least to rally support in time for the elections, although hopeful I am not without skepticism that this bill will come to pass.

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