Well, it is a term used in political discussion regarding changes to current immigration policy of a country. In its strict definition, “reform” means to change into an improved form or condition, by amending or removing faults or abuses. In the political sense, “immigration reform” may include promoted, expanded, or open immigration, as well as reduced or eliminated immigration.
So, the pendulum can swing both ways on this issue……. either eliminating the borders or eliminating immigration – these situations are both extremes in one direction or another.
Essentially, when a politician says that he or she is for comprehensive immigration, it might be helpful if you asked them to expound as to the direction of their beliefs.
On January 28, 2013, a bi-partisan group of eight Senators, known as the “Gang of Eight” announced principles for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). The Senators involved include: Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
The policies envisioned by the Senators include the following provisions:
- A citizenship path for illegal immigrants already in the United States contingent on certain border security and visa tracking improvements. The plan provides for permanent residence for illegal immigrants only after legal immigrants waiting for a current priority date receive their permanent residence status and a different citizenship path for agricultural workers through an agricultural worker program.
- Business immigration system reforms, focusing on reducing current visa backlogs and fast tracking permanent residence for U.S. university immigrant graduates with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math also known as the STEM fields.
- An expanded and improved employment verification system for all employers to confirm employee work authorization.
- Improved work visa options for low-skill workers including an agricultural worker program. Read more at: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/senators-reach-bipartisan-agreement-comprehensive-immigration-reform
In a piece entitled, “Can the Republican Party survive Donald Trump?” Molly Ball reports that GOP donors and strategists are fretting that Trump has exposed the GOP’s “fault lines” on immigration in ways that could do the party untold damage in 2016.
According to the US Chamber of Commerce in 2014:
The GOP shouldn’t even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Monday.
“If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016,” Donohue joked at an event on infrastructure investment in D.C. “Think about that. Think about who the voters are. I just did that to get everybody’s attention.”
Well, in the year since, Mr. Trump is at the top of the polls. With many of the electorate supporting his strict immigration views…….. What do you think?