Could America Be Inching Closer to Immigration Reform?
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on January 14, 2013 @ 12:01AM
Created on January 13, 2013 @ 10:55PM
The New York Times is reporting that President Obama is planning to start reforming America's immigration system in the coming months. We spoke to some locals to find out what they'd like to see change about the current immigration policy.
President Bush attempted to pass a comprehensive reform in 2007, but that bill never made it past the Senate floor. Now it may become a big debate in Washington again and some people in our area told us that the path to citizenship should be available to people already living here because immigrants have played a crucial role in America's history.
"We have accepted people from other countries and other heritages from all around the world and they've helped build this great country. So, I feel like immigration is important and it's not something we should stifle," said Morgantown resident Jack Lake.
Some folks weren't sure about easier citizenship though, because the country's economy is still struggling.
"Part of me wishes that everyone could just live here and have a fair life, but at the same time it's not legal and we are straining the actual resources that we all have here," Morgantown resident Stephen Hoops told 5 News.
The New York Times is also reporting that a group of bi-partisan Senators are leading the push for reform, and hope to be able to vote by August.
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