The battle for changes in immigration law is something that affects many in Riverside. In fact, all across California, people may find themselves directly affected or may know someone who is directly affected by the current immigration system and the changes that might be made to it. California is considered by some to be a pioneer in immigration law reform due to the high number of noncitizens living there. However, the changes being made in California might also start to shape and change the rest of the U.S. as well.
Many in Riverside may know an undocumented immigrant. This is because illegal immigration is higher in California than in any other state, making immigrants without documentation a large portion of the population. Because of this, reforms to immigration law have been made already. More changes are also being discussed, making immigration law reform a hot topic.
With the U.S. Senate passing a historic immigration reform bill before the Fourth of July recess, the House of Representatives is tasked with debating immigration reform. The Senate passed their version of the bill by a comfortable margin (68-32) but some believe that such consensus will be difficult to attain in the House.
Immigration reform is halfway to being a reality in the United States. After years of rancor and debate, Congress has made what can arguably be considered meaningful progress in resolving a problem that has vexed lawmakers for decades. The vote is also important in that it legitimizes what has been only rumors and political talk involving potential change.