For week,s Republicans have promised to release a set of principles which will serve as the foundation for creating a comprehensive immigration reform bill. House Republicans have finally finished working on a common set of values and these documents may now allow a bipartisan approach to compromising on new immigration laws.
This one-page document calls for several agreed upon measures such as enhancing border security and offering means for undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. without the fear of deportation. One of the most crucial and yet most debated items of the statement is a pathway to citizenship for the 13 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. According to Republicans, “there will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws.” It seems as though the new immigration bill will be a piecemeal approach with topics such as security up first before offering citizenship to anyone else.
Republicans say they have a “Zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future.” With a brand new proposed solution, there will be an implementation of an entry-exit visa tracking system that will enable the government to track immigrants who come and go. More importantly, there will be eventual citizenship offered to children of undocumented immigrants because they were brought here through no fault of their own.
Unfortunately, at this point in time, Republicans have not offered any special type of citizenship for individuals who are in the U.S. unlawfully, but if they do admit their guilt, there may be a way to offer them a reprieve from deportation. This set of principles is only one side’s views on immigration and the other will most likely try to gain an open compromise. Sen. Charles Schumer has already said that Republican principles is “certainly not everything we would agree with…” but both sides are now ready for a compromise on immigration.
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