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Immigration reform news 2015: Executive order by Obama almost destroyed by Republicans

Immigration reform news 2015: Executive order by Obama almost destroyed by Republicans

Immigration reform news 2015: Executive order by Obama almost destroyed by Republicans

Immigration reform seems to be on the backburner. After President Barack Obama’s executive order initiative, the temporary injunction on the executive order looked a cruel joke at the 11 million undocumented immigrants who have been reeling between despair and hope for the last many years.

Republicans’ war of attrition against the immigration reform and the fact that they have majority in both the houses, makes the whole immigration reform idea without much of a basis. Nonetheless the executive order had ignited hope. But this was short-lived as Republicans got Federal court injunction on the executive order.

Now immigration reforms and undocumented immigrants’ future hang in balance. Republicans are unmoved on the issue of the future of more than 11 million immigrants most of them living and working in the US for more than a decade. It must be kept in mind that people, who are vehemently opposing the reform, are themselves either second or third generation immigrants or are even first generation immigrants too.

US senate buildingIn the meantime a study conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) has concluded that many of the values shared among immigrants are actually common among conservative politics.

These undocumented immigrants meanwhile have become our economy’s life line. A report while talking about it says, “by no means is an overhaul of our immigration system simply a political issue. The potential for economic growth with a meaningful reform bill is staggering. Industries like manufacturing, agriculture and hospitality are currently unable to secure the necessary workers to maintain current levels of productivity, much less grow and expand their businesses. Under the existing guest worker program, work visas are only supplying four percent of our labor demands”.

The latest study conducted by PNAE suggests that by the year 2018, the United States will have 200,000 open jobs in the STEM sectors because of a lack of skilled American workers in these fields. There is no denying the fact that if Republicans don’t mend their ways they will be thrown in the dustbin of the history in the 2016 presidential elections.

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