by Salma Gomez
The Obama Administration could have marked November 2nd on their calendars as a definite win for the American public, when their ongoing fight for immigration reform could have been seen as a major success. Unfortunately, this was not the case. When President Obama sent his plan to renovate the immigration policy to the Senate, it was immediately shut down without a mere glance of consideration by conservative republicans, who were clearly neither open minded nor informed of what Obama was actually advocating for. It is rather disappointing to think that instead of moving forward as the progressive nation that America has alway been, there are limitations that are imposed onto its public that prevents policies from moving in a positive direction.
According to U.S. News, Obama was willing to implement a series of executive orders to protect over five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Under Obama’s plan, U.S. citizens or legal residents who have children and identify themselves as undocumented individuals would have been given the opportunity to receive work documents. He fundamentally believes that everyone in the U.S. deserves to be treated as equal human beings, and is doing what he can within his well established constitutional authority “to make our immigration system more fair and more just.”
Republican lawmakers and conservative members are only focusing on their biased perspective of viewing the president as an untrustworthy individual who supposedly opposes American democracy. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in respects to Obama’s plan, “The president’s decision to recklessly forge ahead with a plan to unilaterally change our immigration laws ignores the will of the American people and flouts the Constitution.” Their interpretation of how it would have affected the American nation is completely wrong. Instead of hurting the American public, it actually would have helped them. There appears to be a lot of problems with the current immigration policy, and they fail to see how this new reform actually has many beneficial aspects for America. It is for the sake of our security, our economy, and our future that we should be moving forward with this immigration reform. It is not fair for the American public to be forced to rely on a dysfunctional immigration system just because there happens to be fierce oppression from some conservative republicans.
The Senate’s ruling against Obama’s immigration plan is a total slap in the face for the good American public who has waited patiently for Congress and the federal courts to act with humanity, justice and common sense when it comes to the issue of immigration reform. Instead of leaving millions of individuals to deal with unfair and harsh immigration laws and practices, we should embrace and accept that a reform in our immigration policy would mean a return to the “normality” that has reigned for most of our nation’s existence.