Yesterday, eight senators — four Democrats, four Republicans — released a memo outlining legislation for immigration reform. A separate bipartisan group in the House is working on its own plan that representatives hope to roll out before Obama’s State of the Union two weeks from now. Meanwhile, President Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas today explaining the need for immigration reform, and offering his own proposal.
Optimists might say that 2013 could be the year when Congress acts on immigration. This “immigration roadmap” from Immigration Road, a San Diego organization that seeks to make the process more transparent, demonstrates one reason why reform is needed. As currently structured, the road to naturalization is an elaborate and tricky maze which those seeking to stay in America permanently must work their way through for years.
For a closer look, check out the pdf at Immigration Road’s website.