A public interest group is confident President Obama’s second term will involve comprehensive immigration reform. “The system has become outdated,” says Darcy Tromanhauser with Nebraska Appleseed, who’d like to see a “common sense” policy that has a “road map” for people who aspire to be citizens.
During Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he pledged to pass comprehensive immigration reform his first year in office; however, the issue was later sidelined in favor of stimulus spending and health care reform.
Tromanhauser does not believe Washington leaders will table immigration again. “While they have several big issues in front of them I think that’s just the nature of how government works,” she says. “We can’t just do one thing at a time.”
She believes public support is growing for immigration reform meanwhile a new poll confirms this. A CNN poll this week shows by a 53-to-43 percent margin, those surveyed believe the federal government’s main job is to develop a path to citizenship rather than deporting illegal aliens.
Immigration was among the many things mentioned during Obama’s inaugural address this week. “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”