President Obama has made it clear since his election in November that Immigration Reform is at the forefront of his second term agenda. Today, he referred to his promise in his Inaugural Speech to bring immigration reform to the people hoping to become legal immigrants.
“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country,” he said, as many immigration reform advocates cheered.
What does that statement truly mean? No formal statement or proposal has been issued by the White House as of yet, but the statement is consistent with past statements by the President’s office. It can be inferred that the President plans on pushing for the passage of a form of the DREAM Act this year, along with an increase in visas for science, technology and engineer professionals.