Immigration reform is the most common phrase thrown around in a divided Congress attempting to come to an agreement on this issue. The Republican Party released what they call, “Standards of Immigration Reform,” but their one page memo doesn’t really read any different than their current views. It does however offer a chance for legal residency and citizenship for children brought into the United States illegally. This is a step forward to say the least, but how serious will they be in order to help a true reform happen for this country? Representative Paul Ryan, (R.WI.) states that he “doubts there will be a US Immigration Bill passed this year.” They believe the Democrats are asking for too much. However, both parties are focused on the political views of the opposing party versus truly sitting down and meeting with these so called “illegal aliens” to get their perspective on the need of a reform.
This issue is a personal issue for over 11 million immigrants who come into this country for the “American Dream”. The dream to be good citizens and work hard, provide for their families both monetarily and education-wise. The less than 1% of immigrants who come here and break the law have overshadowed the real necessity for a good immigration reform. This country needs to unite and be the free country it prides itself on and help others. After all, what truly defines us as a country is when we unite and help each other. It is time for the citizens and Congress to unite and help resolve the immigration debate and create a fair immigration reform bill. An immigration bill that will help the immigrants of other countries coming into the United States and also assist our country by helping our economy grow with their presence.
One type of immigration bill is the DREAM ACT, put in place by President Obama back in 2012, which would assist the tens of thousands children that were brought from other countries illegally to begin a residency process (of course, these current or past students must pass several requirements to be considered for the DREAM ACT reform). Then there is S. 744 bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This S. 744 bill has lots of restrictions and requirements in order to be able to qualify for this type of reform.
Regardless of where Latino immigrants fall in the spectrum; it is imperative to understand that there may be opportunity in the near future to begin the process of becoming a United States citizen.
Martha Trujillo is a Staff Writer for Latino Giant. Born in 1979 in Laredo, Texas, Martha was born to a mother who was an immigrant from Mexico and a father who is a U.S. citizen. She was raised in a typical Mexican household and carries her roots with her every day. Martha holds an Associate’s Degree in Business and has worked in the medical field for about 17 years in the business office. Currently, she resides in Arizona and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts to purse her dream of opening a restaurant.