It appears that the passage of President Obama’s new immigration reform bill will be delayed once again. The president wanted the decision to be made in August, but House Republicans have not yet reached an agreement regarding their piecemeal approach. President Obama agrees that America needs to make a decision on the immigration issue once and for all—we cannot afford putting it off again.
The immigration reform bill was designed to strengthen border security, provide a pathway for citizenship, expand programs for skilled workers, and set up guest worker permits. Republicans, however, are hesitant on the part of the bill that includes citizenship for the 11 million undocumented citizens. Instead, they want to focus on the Dream Act for legalization of those who were brought into the United States illegally as children. The chances of reaching an agreement by the August deadline are slim, but Republicans will have to come to an agreement sooner or later.