The Republicans who desperately sought some plausible method for winning the votes of Latinos, as well as other immigrants – who both overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama in the election last week – are already seen raising the hope of a probable deal on immigration reforms in the United Sates.
However, just as it usually is with most major issues brought to Washington DC, a conclusive ruling on immigration reforms would call for a unanimous consent of every Republican who, on this particularly contentious issue, has steadily swung towards the right; ever since George W. Bush completed his second term in the office of the President of the United States.
For immigration reform supporters, who have eagerly watched several attempts being made to tackle this thorny issue repeated fail, there may now be some new hope, yet scepticism too cannot be ruled out completely.
The hope element springs from comments made by Republican speaker John Boehner, who last Friday intoned that he was all for a rational bit-by-bit approach that could possibly help to secure borders of the United States, implement laws and repair the collapsing system of immigration.
A new-found momentum for the deal with President Obama has buzzed around Washington ever since the early morning following elections, when the Republicans were jolted out of their beds to a sobering realism that President Obama had won around 71% of Latino votes, comprising the electorate’s growing portion.
Just as the monetary cliff, a blend of mechanical tax increases and spending cuts that are rapidly consuming both Washington and Congress, immigration reforms too happen to be issues that are rightly considered priority number one for the White House, leaders on the aisle’s either side, as well as the vast and growing business community.
Thus the question that arises is whether foot soldiers on the Republican side, who previously adopted a much harder line on immigration issues; and Democrats, along with activists that are pro-immigration, who helped in getting the President re-elected; can all find a middle play field.
Experts are unanimously of the opinion that there are several issues which could be tackled with relative ease by Republicans and Democrats, including reforming the system of green cards for workers who are highly skilled, entrepreneurs and graduate students.
While it is still vociferously debated that were the famous Dream Act to pass, in addition to other reforms, a sizable majority of the more than eleven million immigrants, who are undocumented, would nevertheless still be harshly left out, perhaps taking the issue yet a step further away from resolve.