Undocumented Immigrants are the Last Piece of Reform
Posted at 8 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2012
The drumbeat of support for immigration reform has grown steadily louder since Election Day, but no one has offered any specifics. Marc Ambinder lays out the various moving pieces that would likely be part of a comprehensive package.
“A casualty of legislative deadlock has been the STEM Act, which would significantly increase the number of green cards given to foreign students who get degrees from the United States… It is possible that a three-part approach could work better. First, move the high-skilled workers bills through Congress. Then regularize in law the immigrants who are being given status under President Obama’s executive order on immigration. With both parties having gotten a clean win, then they can begin to debate the piece de resistance — what to do with undocumented workers already here.”