The US government’s executive branch is standing firm when it comes to the issue of immigration reform, asking voters to contact their representatives about the issue of undocumented immigrants and demanding that lawmakers finalize their decision to give the immigration system in the United States a thorough overhaul.
Although the clock is ticking for Congress, the hope remains that the country’s two major political parties will be able to put their differences aside and take the progressive step needed to create a better future for the US and its people. Vice-president Joe Biden, who paid a recent visit to Denver in Colorado, is among those leading the way to comprehensive immigration reform for the Democrats. During his visit Biden met with Denver mayor Michael Hancock and Senator Mark Udall to talk about how communities can come up with more welcoming environments for undocumented immigrants in the United States.
The vice-president believes that the great majority of Americans want immigration reform to take place this year. “Now is the time to act,” he says. “The one request I have is to keep up the drum beat on these guys.”
At the same time, President Obama was addressing Congress and the country as a whole through a statement from the White House about the deadline to enact immigration reform. The president has asked for a delay of the Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson’s review of US deportation policies in the hope of encouraging House speaker John Boehner to call for a vote on the issue prior to the end of summer.