Immigration debate: The ‘biggest obstacle’ to comprehensive immigration reform
Posted On July 29, 2021
Immigration advocates have expressed frustration with President Donald Trump’s administration for failing to implement a bill that would have made it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain visas and citizenship.
The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday, and the House will now vote on the legislation next week.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill by early November.
But Trump’s failure to move forward with a comprehensive immigration overhaul is a major impediment to his goal of creating a merit-based immigration system, said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.).
“I think he needs to focus more on immigration reform and less on immigration enforcement,” Gutierrez said.
The House is expected later this month to pass legislation to strengthen border security by strengthening immigration enforcement and allowing the secretary of homeland security to enforce immigration laws.
The legislation, which is still under consideration, would also allow states to impose fines and penalties on employers who hire or hire undocumented workers.
But House Democrats and some Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), have said that the bill would be too lenient on employers that hire illegal immigrants and would also put American workers at risk by increasing the number of border crossings.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) has also warned that any immigration bill that does not address the issue of legal immigration will not pass.
The White House has said it is still reviewing the legislation.