Pathway to citizenship a hurdle
A pathway to citizenship is considered one of the most contentious elements that will be addressed this year in Congress, but that hasn’t stopped supporters from signaling that they’re bracing for a “heavy lift.” On April 10, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will hold a major rally near the U.S. Capitol, while smaller events will be held across the country the same day.
The business community will also be hosting panels starting on Wednesday along with advocates of the faith and law enforcement community. The event will host Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, in support of immigration reform.
While efforts are expected to boost further momentum after SOTU, some analysts such as Sharry were quick to indicate that he doesn’t expect the president to elaborate on immigration reform in this upcoming speech. In the past speeches, the president has used his words cautiously and sparingly reflecting a tone that mirrored the present environment in Congress in light of immigration reform.
In 2010, the president spoke of the need to continue to fix the broken immigration system and securing the border, while in 2012 he spoke more directly on behalf of the Dreamers.
“It’s going to be not as extensive as Las Vegas because he’s going to cover a range of topics,” said Sharry.
“For a lot of us, the question was whether the post-election mandate for immigration reform was really translated to momentum and I think given the events of last week and the coming week, the answer seems to be a loud yes.”