Obama executive order on immigration reform: 2014 to see some action. But will Republicans allow him to act?
As reports have surfaced that US President is getting ready to act on the immigration system despite vehement protest by the Republicans who are in a position of strength after making a comeback in the recently held mid-term elections, many are looking back into history to find the answer.
It is understood that this is not for the first time in case if Barack Obama goes alone any president has done so. History could repeat itself. Many point out to November 1986 when President Reagan from the Republican had signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
His move was then hailed as historic as it had helped in providing amnesty to more than 3 million immigrants. Most among them had arrived illegally in the US but had been working in the country since at least 1982.
Though the changes were well received by the people who were hit by it there was a major minus point in it and it was that the new law did not address the fate of the spouses and children of those to whom it gave a path to legalization.
Those who had been legalized through IRCA were not comfortable as they faced the real prospect of seeing their spouses and children taken from them and deported. Will this happen this time around: let us wait and see.