2014 Immigration Reform Likely?

May 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

With growing concerns over the prospect of whether immigration reform is likely to take place this year, it is frustrating although perhaps not surprising to many that much uncertainty remains.  As reported by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), early last week Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) voiced what many Republicans might be thinking about immigration reform right now-why pass it now when Republicans are poised to pick up a number of seats in the Senate, and possibly gain the majority and control of both Houses. However, not everyone believes that’s a possibility. The Hill reports that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer “said in a subsequent interview that the reform effort would be dead because the conservative political dynamics of the 2016 presidential primary would pull the GOP too far to the right to pass legislation in 2015 or 2016.”

President Obama told law enforcement officials there’s a three month window for Congressional action: “The closer we get to the midterm elections, the harder it is to get things done around here. We’ve got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives.”

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