The struggle to provide better opportunities for undocumented immigrants in the United States is continuing. While a lot has been done to try to push Congress into finally acting on the issue of immigration reform, advocates are continuing to push forward.
Legislators and even fans of American sports have been working to increase awareness and cause real, positive change in the lives of undocumented immigrants. Multiple members of Congress, from both major political parties, have met in Washington DC in order to talk about what is needed to make immigration reform happen. Some believe that it is still possible to get a bipartisan bill through the House of Representatives, while others are more pessimistic and do not think the current stalemate in Congress is likely to be broken anytime soon. The fact that the Republicans and Democrats continue to blame each other for the issue stalling has not helped the situation.
“They keep coming up with excuses,” says Senator Charles Schumer about the Republicans. “Their present excuse is we can’t pass immigration because we don’t trust President Obama to enforce the law. Well, first they shouldn’t pass any laws. Why are they here? Let them just go on vacation.”
Democratic party leaders are ready to settle their differences and commit to getting immigration reform passed in 2014; in the view of Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, the time is now. “I’ll do whatever I can to help pass this important bill,” he says. “We need to get across the finish line.”