State of the Union and the GOP’s principles

President Obama’s State of the Union was brief last night on the issue of impending immigration reforms but most critics believe this is because both parties want to make sure immigration reform gets done this year; they just have different ideas of what the reforms will be. This is an except of what President Obama said at last night’s state of the Union Address:

“Finally, 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. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. 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, contribute to our culture — they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everybody. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.” President Barack Obama, January 28, 2014.

It is expected that he House Republican leadership’s broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will be issued this week and will call for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party’s statement of principles. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship.

GOP congressional aides have stated that the immigration reform framework could discuss the need for better U.S. border controls and beefing up interior security so that companies cannot easily hire undocumented workers. In addition, it is expected that the GOP principles will allow for visas for skilled workers to be expanded as well.

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