Bridging the Political Gap: Building Consensus for Immigration Reform
In 2013, a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats pushed through the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 in the United States Senate. While far from perfect, the legislation offered immigration reform supporters like, LULAC and others, a tangible win and represented a step forward toward the enactment of comprehensive immigration reform. Just as immigration supporters rallied to push through a bill in the House of Representatives, the budget and government shutdown quickly trumped all legislative matters on the Hill in the fall of 2013. The result, the House adjourned their first session of Congress without any movement on immigration reform. In 2014, with mid-term elections clearly in sight for many House Members, immigration reform supporters on the left and the right will need to come together to help push immigration reform over the finish line. Join a distinguished panel of immigration reform supporters to discuss the prospects for immigration reform, the future of DACA, and the current deportation landscape.