U.S. IMMIGRATION REFORM EFFORTS SINCE 2013

Echoes of Ellis Island

 

Background (to date):
    In June 2013, President Barack Obama secured passage by the U.S. Senate of a
bipartisan immigration "overhaul bill" more comprehensive than unsuccessful proposals of President George W. Bush (who sought "legal status over time" without a "blanket amnesty" as in 1986).  Republicans in the House of Representatives were, however, reluctant to approve the Senate's "path to citizenship" of 2013, without additional measures against illegal immigration coming first. 

   In November 2014, Obama announced "deferred actions"  enabling about half of undocumented immigrants to legally live and work in America. These measures, somewhat exceeding those exercised by prior presidents, were blocked by court challenges. Addressing objections to his actions, Obama told Congress: "Pass a bill." Congressional Republicans responded by favoring funding restrictions or court injunctions or reviving prior attempts intraparty compromise, but made no further attempts at bipartisan overhaul.

   In 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump declared his desire  to "have Mexico pay" for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. After his upset win in the November general election, he told 60 Minutes that in places "there could be some fencing" instead of a wall. An August policy statement (still on a presidential transition website in early December, 2016) was consonant with the basic Congressional Republican position of 2014-16: "When we have accomplished our enforcement goals…only then will we be in a position to consider the appropriate disposition of those [illegal immigrants] who remain."

https://www.greatagain.gov/policy/immigration.html as of 6-Dec-2016

 

     General articles here below

     Specific analyses, listed to the left here, and in

     Commentary section at bottom of this page

 

Minding the door (proposed RAISE Act of 2017)

(Economist  February, 2017)

 

Latinos, immigration and the White House, 2016

(New York Times interview of Jorge Ramos, March, 2016)

 

GOP's immigration "crossroads"

(Brooks, New York Times, November, 2015)

 

Court battle over executive actions

(Vox, February, 2015)

 

Delaying executive action until after mid-term elections

(Wall Street Journal, August, 2014)

 

Executive action instead of legislation

(New York Times, June, 2014)

 

No U.S. immigration policy overhaul in 2014

(New York Times, February, 2014)

 

The Case for Republican Inaction

(National Review, January, 2014)

 

Republican List of Principles

(New York Times, January, 2014)

 

Receding Roar?

(Brooks, New York Times, July, 2013)

 

Republicans shun 2013 bill

(Horsey, Los Angeles Times, July, 2013)

 

2013 "Immigration overhaul" bill in the U.S. Congress

 

2013 "Immigration overhaul" bill: historical perspective

(Keeling, Los Angeles Times, July, 2013)

 

President Obama's speech on 2013 immigration bill

(White House website, June, 2013)

 

"The Gang of Eight's Immigration Fight"

(New Yorker, May, 2013)

 

Background on the 2013 "Immigration Overhaul" bill

 

 

COMMENTARY AND ANALYSES

Economist: Migrants maybe

Economist: Legalization without citizenship IV

Cruz (R-AZ): Legalization without citizenship III

Pearce (R-NM): Legalization without citizenship II

NY Times: The role of business

White House / CBO: Economic benefits of reform

Klein: Legalization without citizenship I: the concept

Economist: "Of Fences and Good Sense"

 

This page last updated 17-February-2017