Just when we thought that there were not enough legislative days left in this year Congressional session to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform or piecemeal law changes that would benefit undocumented individuals, Congress is again talking about immigration reform. Newsday reported last week that a recent survey showed that 82% of the public favors immigration reform, with 77% of the public favoring a pathway to citizenship.
What does this mean to the Republicans in Congress? They must listen to what the public wants and make up for the debacle created by the government shutdown that was fueled by partisan bickering. See “Sentiments in King’s District,” by Victor Manuel Ramos, Newsday p. A10-11 November 21, 2013. The article reports that Representative Peter King a Republican from Seaford, NY “in a position to be a national leader on immigration policy, advocates said. They’re hoping he will push his party on the issue as he did when he fought efforts to block Sandy aid.” King is part of a “swing district” that can make a difference in the House of Representatives.
Today the Washington Post reports that Congressman “John Boehner Resurrects Immigration Reform,” by Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, December 3, 3013. The article reports that “[i]f personnel is policy then House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is serious about immigration reform. In an otherwise ordinary list of new staffers, his office announced, that ‘”Rebecca Tallent will join the office as Assistant to the Speaker for Policy handling immigration issues. Rebecca comes to us from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she is the director of immigration policy.'” This is a clear sign that Rep. Boehner is serious about immigration reform. His office announced that “he Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms – the kind of reforms the American people understand and support.'”
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These hopeful reports mean that the public should prepare for the opportunity of immigration reform.
Rather than wait for an announcement that immigration reform has been passed and scramble to get evidence ready in time for a filing deadline, steps can be taken right now to prepare for the opportunity.