Continuing from where we left off in How to Fix a Broken Immigration System, According to the White House (Pt. 1), here, we will resume our discussion regarding the President’s current view on enacting effective immigration reform in the U.S.
This discussion, which stems from information on the White House website, specifically focuses on the four primary issues that the President has identified as being central to U.S. immigration reform.
How to Fix a Broken Immigration System: Two More Focal Points
In addition to strengthening the border and keeping employers accountable for knowingly hiring undocumented workers, the two other central issues to achieving immigration reform in the U.S., according to the White House, include:
- Earned citizenship – With this issue related to immigration reform, the White House believes that developing a path to earned citizenship is crucial. In particular, this involves providing undocumented people with a legal way to obtain citizenship so they can “play by the same rules as everyone else.”Additionally, this aspect of the White House plan for immigration reform includes the requirement that undocumented people in the U.S. do the following in order to obtain their citizenship:
- Pass criminal background checks, as well as national security checks
- Pay U.S. taxes and a penalty
- Learn English
- Go to the “back of the line” to wait for their applications to be reviewed, processed, etc.
- The immigration legal system – Generally, this aspect of the White House’s plan to fix a broken immigration system involves streamlining the system to make it simpler and more efficient. The goal is to make changes that will reward people who work hard and comply with the rules.
Speaking to these issues, in November 2014, President Barack Obama stated:
We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world. And whether we were Irish or Italians or Germans crossing the Atlantic, or Japanese or Chinese crossing the Pacific; whether we crossed the Rio Grande or flew here from all over the world — generations of immigrants have made this country into what it is. It’s what makes us special.
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