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 clear path to United States citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the change in one comprehensive bill, which addresses young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers, and highly skilled foreign workers.
White House officials said President Obama’s immigration reform remains a top priority. Obama and members of both parties believe that the early months of his second term offer the best prospects for passing substantial legislation on the issue of immigration.
President Obama’s immigration reform solution for illegal aliens would include fines, the payment of back taxes, and other hurdles for illegal immigrants. The President’s plan would also impose nationwide verification of legal status for all newly hired workers; add visas to relieve backlogs; allow highly skilled workers to stay; and create some from of guest-worker program to bring in low-wage immigrants in the future.
It is expected that a bipartisan group of Senators introduce the comprehensive immigration bill by March of this year, a vote shall be held on the bill no later than August 2013. Both Democrats and Republicans agree immigration reform is a top priority.