Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 — The President recently said that his hopes for an immigration overhaul would not be met this summer, but will be finalized before the end of this year, though critics believe that may also be an optimistic deadline.
The President, interviewed on television on several Spanish-language TV stations, Telemundo and Univsion, in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and New York, stated that he was pushing for legislation which included pathway plans for undocumented resident citizenship; he has met with strong resistance from House GOP lawmakers.
There are currently more than 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. who would be placed on a “citizenship” path if his legislation passes. Some observers have speculated that President Obama’s interview with Telemundo is part of an attempt to bolster the enthusiasm of immigration reform supporters who have long been waiting for the bill to overhaul immigration issues in the U.S.
“Supporters continue to face an uphill battle as the legislation languishes in Washington,” commented Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “And, of course, the bill not only maps out how current U.S. immigrants may or may not gain citizenship, but also determines what will happen with companies looking to bring in more workers on H-1B visas. The inability of this bill to get passed is greatly affecting tens of thousands of people and countless businesses, both in the U.S. and worldwide.”
While many Republicans have adopted the White House’s proposed approach to immigration reform as a way to incorporate the growing U.S. Hispanic population into the country, there are still a large number of House GOP lawmakers who do not back the legislation; many actively oppose it, calling for stricter border security and less tolerance for the undocumented residents already in the U.S. The lack of uniformity among the House Republicans means that the immigration bill will continue to be debated and reworked far beyond the original deadline of August 2013. President Obama has stated that there is a great deal of support for the immigration bill, including labor and businesses leaders, as well as evangelical Christians – groups which tend to be comprised mainly of older Caucasian males and groups that have traditionally not backed immigration reform in the past.
Annie Banerjee is a Houston immigration lawyer specializing in helping people become United States citizens. The law offices assist in visas and other legal immigration requirements as well. To learn more, visit http://www.visatous.com.
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