Immigration Reform Issues

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Within the United States, one of the hardest things to do is motivating people to participate politically. A normal American frankly is not interested in the actions taken by a politician on a day-to-day bases. People naturally think as individuals instead on what is best for the group. The documentary “Immigration Battle” tracks the actions taken in Washington to attempt the passing of immigration reform and shows how low political participation is an issue. Currently Immigration reform is still stuck in government but there is still a multitude of people attempting to get something passed. This essay will discuss the issues involved with immigration reform, what is effective in moving forward, why Congress can’t get a pathway to legalization …show more content…

At the start, Senator Luis Gutierrez is at the spearhead of the immigration debate with the group of eight to produce a bill. The meetings were going strong but as time continued, the group fizzled out to nothing. The group of eight was mainly democrats so when the word of these meeting became public the republicans saw this as a treat. People at the epicenter of the immigration reform push saw what was happening and they knew a bipartisan solution was required. In order for that to happen civic engagement had to be practiced so that “policies, ideologies, and outcomes” (Levine, 2013) are promoted. The way that this happened was by congressional representatives reaching across party lines. For example, Senator Luis Gutierrez met with Representative Paul Ryan even though they usually do not agree on topics. This grew even more when people like Senator Harry Reid joined the …show more content…

The President wanted a solution to come from Congress so he waited. Efforts were made on both the democrat and republican side but when Senator Cantor lost his state’s primary, all of that was halted. Too much time was wasted and in the end, the president had to declare an executive action. An agreement on pathway to legalization could not be made because each party wanted credit for it. When one party did something the other one felt threatened and actions were made to stop each other. What couldn’t be agreed on was legalization to all with a little citizenship or a little legalization with a little citizenship. The leaders in the nation’s capital straight up were caught in extended politics and a resolution was never

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