Immigration Reform should be a slam dunk winner. I wrote yesterday about a recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group and Brasswood Research revealed that 71% of voters support an earned pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. That same survey revealed that 78% of likely voters in the general election believe that proposed reforms are preferable to the current broken immigration system. With numbers like this, I believe we can and should put sufficient pressure on the House of Representatives to "do the right thing" and pass a comprehensive reform bill.
In the words of President Obama, "We have a unique opportunity to fix our broken system in a way that upholds our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. We just need Congress to finish the job."
Perhaps the unwillingness of the House of Representatives to move forward on appropriate immigration legislation is actually embedded in the words and language that we use to understand and discuss the subject of reform. In other words, much of the discourse is about "us" (the law abiding Americans and others lawfully present in the United States) and "them" (those who have failed to abide by our laws and are not lawfully present in the United States). I submit that the discussion should be about "we". After all, the 11 to 12 million aspiring citizens in the U.S. are and have been for years a part of our social, cultural, and economic fabric. Although these aspiring citizens may have failed to comply with one or more of our immigration laws, they are, in fact, part of us. For more and excellent reading on the topic of "us" and "them", Frame Works Institute published a wonderful research report entitled "Getting to "We", Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understanding of Immigration and Immigration Reform" found at http://frameworksinstitute.org.
We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. You can help make this happen by visit us at http://www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.