Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2011 – It is hard to figure out what the government is doing about immigration reform. They ease deportation policy only to proudly announce they have deported over 1 million illegal immigrants.
“The state of immigration reform these days is truly a conundrum,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. As of September 12, 2011, the Obama Administration had deported roughly 1.06 million in just 2.5 years, putting him in a good position to deport more than President Bush did in his four year term, which was 1.57 million illegal immigrants.
The reality does not match up with the debate over U.S. immigration policy, and with an election looming in 2012, something has to give. In fact, the hottest point of contention right now with the government is their gap in what they say and what they actually do. It would likely behoove the administration to remember that 67 percent of the Latino population voted for Obama, not McCain and Palin. If their concerns are not met, that 67 percent will likely cross the floor in the next election.
“The immigration reform bill was supposed to be implemented in the President’s first year. That did not happen. The DREAM Act was supposed to be passed into law in 2010. That did not happen. This series of talks versus no action to back the talk up is wearing thin on voters, and not just the Hispanic population,” Rifkin indicated. And where exactly is immigration reform these days? “Who knows?” Rifkin indicated, shrugging his shoulders.
The easing of deportation policy is supposedly aimed at clearing up low-priority cases and instead concentrating on immigration enforcement rules and regulations for illegal immigrants with criminal records. The idea behind this shift in focus is that those who have been in the U.S. since they were young and have been living here for a long time would not be caught in the latest rounds of immigration enforcement under the Secure Communities program.
“Whether or not this is a good or a bad idea will likely not be decided until later, but suffice it to say that Congress is not pleased with the President seemingly doing his own thing,” Rifkin added. “Or as one politician was heard to mutter, ‘He does not get to pick and choose,’ referring to what the administration was or was not going to do with regard to immigration reform.”
The problem is that immigration reform has become so complex and convoluted that everyone seems to have lost sight of the main objective. In fact, it seems brutally and painfully clear now that the government does not even seem to recall what their main objective was in the first place. Daily, Americans watch and read about the latest deportation numbers and then, virtually in the same sentence, read about how immigration reform will fix the system.
“Enough is enough,” commented Rifkin. “When does the talking stop and the action start? When does the problem of a failed immigration system actually get addressed? Seems no one has the answer to that, and at the rate things are going on the Hill, they may never have an answer. And, in the meantime, immigration reform continues to be a political football, with no goal scored. Obviously, there is a lot to be done. But will it get done?”
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