Four Immigration Tasks
For the new Congress and for the President, there are four immigration tasks:
1. Deal with the illegal immigrants
2. Define and describe capacity and criteria for legal immigration
3. Perfect the law
4. Enforce the law
There are at least 12 million illegal immigrants. Each and all of them must be 1) evaluated, then 2) deported, or 3) provisionally accepted. What are the criteria for legal immigration and what is our capacity? What is the optimal mix? That must be addressed and defined without delay. This is such an urgent requirement that dedicated resources must address the answers immediately and within a month of the new Congress convening.
Once this is determined, then Congress and the President can perfect the law.
Law enforcement must continue and be accelerated to clean up the backlog within one year.
That is what I think American citizens should expect from this government. Now, get to work.
Republican Resurgence Likely to Derail 'Immigration Reform'
Published November 06, 2010
As part of an 11th-hour appeal, President Obama warned Hispanic voters last month that the fate of "comprehensive immigration reform" would hinge largely on Tuesday's midterm elections.
Now that Republicans, through sweeping gains in those elections, have captured the House and diminished the Democratic majority in the Senate, the fate of that initiative is very much in doubt.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said "immigration reform" will be pushed aside for streamlined enforcement of current laws.
"The enforcement of our immigration laws is critical to both our national security and economic prosperity," he told the San Antonio Express. "We need to know who is entering our country, and why."
He told the newspaper that the committee under his leadership would "enact policies that will better secure our border and discourage illegal immigration, human smuggling and drug trafficking."”