A key issue that President Obama spoke about in last night’s State of the Union address was immigration reform.
“If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system,” said President Obama. “Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same.”
The President continued: “Pre Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.”
AILA South Florida will be keeping a close watch on how immigration reform progresses in 2014. Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill, but no action was taken in the House. AILA remains hopeful that comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship will be coming soon.