Immigration Reform May be a Victor in the Midterm Elections

Cornell law professor and co-author of a 20-volume immigration law treatise Stephen Yale-Loehr, assesses how the election results will impact immigration reform.

With Republicans now controlling both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, is comprehensive immigration reform dead for the next few years?  Many pundits have said yes, but Yale-Loehr offers a different assessment.

Yale-Loehr says:

“Unlike the midterm elections, the 2016 elections will focus on national issues.  Republicans have an incentive to enact immigration reform in the next two years to court minority voters.

“Only 16 percent of the House’s Republicans represent districts in which Latinos account for 20 percent or more of the population. In the short term, to stay elected, many House Republicans shied away from immigration reform.  It was a non-issue in the midterm elections.”

“For their long-term national survival, however, Republicans will be better off passing immigration reform and vying for the hearts and minds of the voters such a bill will benefit. In the 2012 presidential election, 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of Asian voters voted Democratic.  The Republicans don’t want that to happen again,” he added.

Besides that, he said that Republican leaders have already acknowledged that they need to enact bipartisan bills to stay in power. House Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly said that some sort of immigration bill should pass.

“With minorities making up an increasing percentage of voters, both parties know they need to fix our broken immigration system. Failure to do so before 2016 may hurt both political parties,” he pointed out.

 

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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