President Obama mentioned immigration reform in his re-election speech. The obvious question is: Will it actually happen? Obama made this promise 4 years ago, but his attempts fell short of what many were hoping for. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was a great start, that allowed many of our most deserving residents a path to legally remain in the U.S. However, this is just a temporary band-aid. This executive order doesn’t even grant these youngsters lawful status, not to mention a path to permanent residency.
According to CNN 65% of Americans are in favor of a path to legalization for those that are currently illegal. For truly comprehensive reform, the President will probably need to go through Congress. As the last 4 years have shown that will be an uphill battle, as neither party wants the other party to pass anything. Nevertheless, foreign nationals patiently, but not silently, wait for the president to fulfill his promises.