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May 9, 2011
A New Immigration Reform Proposal?

Today, President Obama will be in Texas to present his comprehensive immigration reform plan that might just win him a lot of Latino votes for his next presidential campaign. This new immigration reform proposal is to provide safety along the United States-Mexican border from Mexican drug cartels. Law enforcers are to reduce crime and provide more security from drug cartels that cross the border with their merchandise.

The mainly, it would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have being living in the United States for years now or deportation for undocumented immigrants who committed a crime, such as using false documents or committing a violent crime. Details of this new immigration reform proposal are still unknown. This would be the first immigration reform propose by Obama, after almost two years in office. Critics say this is not the way of fighting Mexican drug cartels and that the United States should be moving in into their territory instead of waiting for drug cartels to enter the United States and disturbing the “peace” along the United States-Mexican border.

Obama’s immigration reform proposal brings up a few questions. How will Republicans and Democrats come to an agreement on an immigration reform when the Dream Act, that was supposed to give citizenship to undocumented immigrants that had being living in the United States before the age of 14 failed not so long ago? The Secure Communities program, which allows both state and local authorities to send the fingerprints of any undocumented immigrants who is arrested to ICE, was passed a few months back and continues to expand. The program continues to get more countries across the country to agree to send ICE the fingerprints of undocumented immigrants. This has increased deportation rates dramatically.

Is it a coincidence that Obama wants to talk about an immigration reform just in time for next year’s Presidential elections? Does he really want to help undocumented immigrants progress or does he want the vote of Latino citizens?Lately he has being talking about an immigration reform, not being satisfied with his results has he struggles to get Republicans and Democrats to agree on an immigration reform. Yet he has not done much about the issue.

This new immigration reform might hurt undocumented immigrants instead of helping. Workers will have to pay fines, thus criminalizing them. The proposal might hurt commuting workers, who drive trough the Unites States-Mexican border everyday to go to work. It might also affect those who transport farm products and other commodities. What the U.S. needs is a law passed to benefit all workers, not just a small group.

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Obama to propose broader immigration reforms.                                                                                                                            By: Hayley Peterson                                                                                                                           Publish: May 07, 2011

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