While immigration reform was attempted back in 2007, there was little success due to a lack of overall support. Parties were divided and while many proposed ideas were in the works, the timing was just not right. Now in 2013, it appears that it may be the perfect time for immigration reform to take place in the United States. There are six major reasons as to why it might occur this year, and while these are merely speculations, the horizon is looking bright for immigrants.
The GOP is ready and supportive of reform: Looking back at the past election, it is clear that without appealing to immigrant voters, there will likely be little to no hope for the Republican party's future candidates. In fact, the U.S. Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, has been spearheading much of the support for immigration reform, while still sticking to a more conservative view towards immigration related standards.
Immigrants would greatly help the U.S. economy: Whether we like to believe it or not, our nation's economy is still on the rocks. If undocumented immigrants were legalized by the government, it could increase the federal revenue by $48 billion. While it would cost potentially $23 billion in public service, it could greatly help our overall situation.
Republicans are prepared to pay: Charlie Spies was a former counsel for the political action committee (PAC) that was pro-Romney during the 2012 election, and he has successfully begun another PAC in regards to immigration reform. Like most Republicans, Spies knows that they desperately need to support the reform movements to bring in more voters. That is why his latest PAC is funded by him and other GOP party members to help candidates that are in favor immigration reform, while simultaneously taking down other candidates opposed to such matters.
Major unions have become united: Back in 2007, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) were not in agreement regarding reform issues. While they continue to disagree somewhat on guest worker programs, they have come to a much more agreeable place and are determined to see reform come to fruition.
Throughout Washington D. C. this has become a hot topic and continues to be an issue awaiting resolution; however, change is definitely a greater possibility. If you or a loved one are seeking immigration into the U.S., it is good to be wary of individuals that may promise you certain benefits that line up with new immigration reform. They cannot promise anything as nothing has been drastically changed or made different. Contact a knowledgeable Houston immigration lawyer if you are seeking citizenship, a green card, visa or other immigration matter. My firm offers services in both English and Spanish to provide the legal help you need today!