Georgia residents may be aware that children are crossing the U.S. border illegally at an unprecedented rate on the misguided illusion they may be able to remain in this country. One U.S. senator who helped draft a bipartisan bill to deal with immigration has spoken out on the issue and explained why the bill languishes in Congress one year later.
The Senator was one of four Republicans who, along with four Democratic senators, made up the so-called "Gang of Eight". The legislation they drafted would have allowed some illegal immigrants to gain legal status. It passed the Senate by a vote of 68-32. Yet, for now it sits in the House with little chance, he says, of passage.
The senator says certain recent events may add to the problem. Foremost among them is the large number of children crossing the border into Texas and other areas. While he concedes that traffickers are lying and telling people the children will gain legal status for economic gain, he says part of the problem is an illusion created by President Obama in his 2012 executive action allowing some young people who came into this country illegally as children to get jobs and drivers licenses. He stresses that the President needs to make it clear that the children being sent over the border today will be returned to their country of origin. By working together on a comprehensive law to reform immigration, the senator hopes the issue may be resolved.
Immigration law evolves as new legislation is enacted. The law is complex and may be daunting to those who need help. An attorney experienced in immigration law can offer guidance to individuals and families concerning the options open to them.
Source: USA Today, "A year later, bright hopes quashed on immigration", Susan Page, June 25, 2014