SOTU preview: Can anyone deliver immigration reform?
WASHINGTON (SBG) - With caravans of migrants heading toward the border and law enforcement preparing, eyes will turn to Capitol Hill where President Trump will again plead his case for border security and immigration reform Tuesday.
Some of the requests are not altogether new:
“We can build on the progress my administration has already made, putting more boots on the southern border than any time in our history,” President Obama implored during his 2013 State of the Union speech.
In 1995, President Clinton explained “In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes.”
And President Bush in 2007 pleaded, “Let us have a serious, civil, and conclusive debate, so that you can pass and I can sign comprehensive immigration reform.”
So why hasn’t anyone, President Trump included, been able to come here to congress and convince lawmakers to finally pass some sort of comprehensive reform?
Roy Beck heads NumbersUSA, a group pushing for wall expansion and border improvements.
“The American people are very divided about that and it makes sense that their representatives haven’t been able to pass it. We believe that they would do best if they would stick to maybe one or two things at a time, said Beck.”
A recent POLITICO survey shows it’s the top priority for republicans but overall, voters want to hear more about healthcare, the economy, leadership and reducing poverty. Perhaps, that’s because they see immigration as a stalemate.
“Both sides have made statements that are hurtful, harmful and that’s why they need to get past that,” suggested Beck. “The American people have them here in Washington not to be like they’re in high school.”
Dreamers, like Gabriela Hernandez, already in the country are among those hoping for that resolution.
“The issue with immigration right now is that there are just people who are in limbo of not having a work permit or not having a green card to be able to do anything to contribute to true society.”