Immigration Reform: The Next Agenda

With so much abuzz about Immigration reform, the opinions in the United States could easily be divided into two. These are either legalizing their status or deporting them. These can be considered as two extremes where in the current debate stands. And both the viewpoints do not offer any concrete solution.

With around 11 million undocumented migrants living and working in the United States, it seems as if the Border Security is involved in a fruitless activity preventing the illegal immigrants to walk into the United States. With millions already in the United States, it is even more difficult to identify each one of these and bring them to justice. This is especially when these people continue to live beyond the prescribed duration offered by their particular visa. More so, they start living in local neighborhoods and start working.

With the Health Care bill already passed, immigration reform might just be the next on the agenda. Sparks have already started flowing with Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham proposing a bill that would legalize these undocumented residents. They also ideated on reframing how the permits would be offered in the future.

This proposal is considered to be much tougher compared to the previous bill passed by the former President George W. Bush in 2007. If passed, it would mettle up the country’s security at the border. This would also ensure a biometric identity card for all those working in the United States. These cards would prove their eligibility to work in the United States. More so, a temporary worker program would also be formed as well as a serious step towards legalization of these illegal immigrants.

Additionally, under this proposal, the path to green card for all the legal immigrants would be much more flexible. Most of these legal immigrants are qualified and have obtained degrees in various fields from American Universities. As per the Senators, it would be no point in educating some of the best brains in the world only to send them back to their native countries, especially when they are contributing and would contribute to the US economy.

Above all, being such a burning issue, it is high time that it is addressed.

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