- Immigration Reform Update
- February 11, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
The roller coaster ride of immigration reform continues. There was renewed optimism about the prospects for immigration reform after House Republican leadership unveiled their principles for immigration reform - principles that went as far as including a path to legalization for undocumented workers. The renewed optimism increased after the president refused to say he would veto legislation that reached his desk that fell short of full citizenship for illegals.
That initial optimism took a decidedly less optimistic turn this week when several Republican leaders downplayed the chances for reform this year. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) all but declared immigration reform dead in the Senate. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the question of immigration reform passing in this Congress was "clearly in doubt" and stressed an "enforcement first" approach to immigration reform, an approach that was echoed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).
Even Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) conceded this week that it would be difficult to move immigration reform this year.
Republicans in both chambers have questioned whether the president and his administration can be trusted to oversee the implementation of the border security measures that would be a part of any immigration overhaul.