Immigration Reform: The Building Blocks are in Place
Today, amidst speculations that the White House is distancing itself from earlier committments to comprehensive immigration reform this year, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) reiterated that reform is, in fact, possible this year.
And on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee that handles immigration, went one step further, saying that "all the fundamental building blocks are in place to pass comprehensive reform this session, and even possibly later this year."
Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with key members of Congress to begin discussion about immigration reform. Leaders like Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and immigration subcommittee ranking member John Cornyn (R-Texas) will hopefully be pressing the commander in chief to ACT on his committment to reform, rather than continue to give the issue lip-service.
As Frank Sherry states in today's piece at the Huffington Post:
Ultimately, the question we face is this: are we going to allow hardliners who want nothing less than the expulsion of millions of immigrant families already living in our communities to dominate the debate? Or are we going to live up to our tradition as both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws and write a new chapter in the American story of how including "them" makes for a stronger "us?"
Immigration reform will not be easy, and yet, this is the kind of big issue that led you to proclaim the fierce urgency of now and run for President.
This is your kind of fight, Mr. President. History is calling
Tomorrow, we will see if the President and members of Congress are ready to rise to the occasion.