Immigration reform 2015: Amid court wrangling on Obama executive order, Hillary says will do better
Despite immigration reforms on top of Democratsâ€™ agenda, things havenâ€™t gone well for undocumented immigrants. They have been suffering from one disappointment to other and from hope to hopelessness.
To be true, President Barack Obama and Democrats, despite all their efforts, have failed to bring some respite to around 12 million undocumented immigrants who were hoping to be given legal status in the US.
All the efforts to get the immigration reform bill 2013 passed from the Congress remained futile with Republicans frustrating all their efforts. Notwithstanding the fact that the bill was passed from the Senate, Republican officials, despite all their promises, didnâ€™t bring the bill for discussion in the House and Obama failed to convince individual Republicans to vote for it in the House.
Then Obamaâ€™s executive order happened and it gave hope to around five million immigrants. But again Republicans have blocked its way by getting court injunction. Immigrants are awaiting Obamaâ€™s next move in the longstanding fight to get some breather for the immigrants.
Now former secretary of state in Obama administration and 2016 presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has drawn a sharp distinction on immigration by embracing comprehensive reforms such as a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers already in the United States.
She seems to have been rather very straight in this aspect. Last month she had spoken before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and once again she came out with similar plans.
While speaking at the Aria Resort & Casino, Clinton said, â€œThere are so many people with deep ties and contributions to our communities, like many parents of dreamers, who deserve a chance to stay, and I will fight for them, tooâ€¦But I don’t have to wait to become president to take a stand, right here and right now, against divisive rhetoric that demonizes immigrants and their families. It’s wrong and no one should stand for it.â€
Her stand is in sharp contrast compared to republican White House hopefuls who are unabashedly condemning immigrants. Celebrity real-estate developer Donald Trump who announced his candidacy recently used very foul language against immigrants. â€œThey’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good peopleâ€ he said about immigrants from Mexico.
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