Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – What started out as a potential “maybe” for immigration reform at the start of 2014 has now deteriorated to a “No, not until 2015.”
“Listening to the various positions held by the House Speaker and the President is entertaining, but definitely not informative. The President states immigration reform must be passed this year. John Boehner agreed in January, but now says not until 2015 because then the Republicans would likely have a majority in the House and Senate,” remarks Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida.
According to a recent Gallup poll, most Americans now view immigration reform as being near the bottom of the list in terms of vital issues the government must get a handle on. Certainly the state of the economy still remains a key issue, followed by health care and education. This is a blessing in disguise for the politicians, who may then be able to, once again, shuffle immigration reform to the side and not deal with it. Many politicians regard immigration reform as being akin to a landmine – one misstep and everything blows up – despite what they say.
In the public arena, Americans seem to be evenly split on whether or not to deal with upping border security or dealing with the illegal aliens already living in the nation. While it is good to know what the nation thinks about political issues, the results typically do not seem to impact the politicians, despite the fact that they are elected to represent those responding to polls.
If politicians actually followed what their constituents wanted and voted in precisely the same manner while in session, the government would look entirely different that it does today. What runs the nation is a conglomeration of politicians that adhere only to their party agendas. What the people want or need is rarely a part of their rasion d’etre, even though their speeches may make one think they are serving the voters that pay their salaries.
Clearly the American public has a diversified opinion on what needs to be done with immigration reform. Just as clearly the White House and government has a diversified opinion on what needs to be done with immigration reform. Should everyone get together and ever get on the same song sheet, creative things may begin to happen. Immigration reform may even come to pass — maybe not in this lifetime, but perhaps the next.
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