WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week.
The president and Democrats will also oppose measures that do not allow immigrants who gain legal status to become American citizens one day, the officials said. Read more
Published: January 7, 2013
Young undocumented immigrants who are allowed to work legally in the United States should be allowed to drive legally, too. It makes perfect sense, if only for public-safety reasons: people need to drive to work, and they should follow the law and be demonstrably competent, registered and insured. But with the politics of immigration, nothing is ever that simple.
ByMichael R. Crittenden, November 27, 2012, 2:41 PM ET
“Sen. Kyl stressed that the measure would not disqualify participants from also seeking U.S. citizenship, but said it would not give them preference in the process or make them eligible for programs such as welfare”
A pair of Senate Republicans said they want to “get the ball rolling” on overhauling the immigration system, offering an alternative bill to the Dream Act aimed at giving young illegal immigrants a way to avoid deportation.
Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who are retiring this year, acknowledged their move is largely symbolic, since the Senate isn’t likely to take up immigration in the few weeks remaining in the lame-duck session Read more