An array of brand new support groups are coming out of the shadows in a bid to help with the push toward immigration reform in the United States, with lawmakers preparing to put their bipartisan proposals forward over the course of the next couple of weeks.
The first to declare support was the National Federation of Republican Women, which announced on Tuesday via their representative that they had passed a resolution urging members of the Republican Party to take the lead when it comes to the reform effort. The resolution also made a point of stressing the need for sensible suggestions to be put forward to try to fix the broken immigration system in the United States.
Lisa Roper, the regional vice president of the National Federation of Republican Women, said that part of the reforms need to be border security and enforcement. However, she added that the federation did acknowledge the positive impact that immigration reform would have in terms of assisting US businesses to grow, as well as the effect it would have on millions of children growing up in the United States who might otherwise lose out when they reach adulthood.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Vargas, the founder of the pro-immigration group Define America, said that to care about immigration you do not have to be an undocumented immigrant yourself. Vargas has spent the last few weeks speaking throughout America about his own experiences as an undocumented immigrant.