By Balitang America Staff

Jan. 31, 2013

President Barack Obama is giving his administration six months to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. In an interview,
Obama said he is working to get the legislation passed by the first half of 2013, adding that he wants it on his own terms. His aides however pointed out that the president is open to negotiations over some provisions of the immigration plan he laid on out in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y,), one of the main proponents of the bill said that while there’s a lot of work to be done, he is optimistic about its passage.

” We believe strongly that this will be the year (that) Congress would finally get some common sense immigration reform across the finish line,” he said.

American Immigration Lawyers Association general counsel and past president David Leopold believes Obama can make it happen in 6 months.

“Since the election, there’s been a game-changer. This country is demanding immigration reform and members of Congress, if they don’t listen to the voters on this one, are going to find themselves in a whole heap of trouble the next time we have elections. I think Obama is in a good position to pass an immigration reform package that we need,” he said.

Immigration Law expert Lou Tancinco added that while waiting for the bill to pass, eligible undocumented immigrants can prepare by putting together all their documents that outline their immigration history and by making sure they remain in good standing in the community, with no criminal record.

Tancinco is also confident that the passage of an immigration reform bill will decrease petition backlogs by increasing the number of visas for family-based petitions.

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  • ED
    1 February 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    to balitang America puede po bang mag tanong sa palagay nyo po ba sa binitawan panukala ni president barack Obama tungkol po sa immigration reform na eleven million na illegal immigrant dito po sa America kasama po ba ang mga seafarer o seaman na nag jump ship dito sa America bibigyan din po ba ng pagkakataon na maging legal dito po sa america

  • Alice Martinez
    1 February 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Is this has a cut off date?

  • noel estrada
    4 February 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    i dont think na dapat bigyan nila mga illegal immigrants tulad ng mga filipino na tnt ng citizenship. sa totoo lang ng a-abuso na kayo. pupunta kayo dito sa states mag kakaroon kayo ng anak tapos ang mga tax payers dollars ang mag babayad ng mga kakainin nyo. nde ata tama yun. kung pupunta kayo dito sa states at least meron kayong trade or may pinagaralan. nde yung pupunta kayo dito tas wala kayong gagawin. abala lang kayo lahat. pilipino ako. dito ako pinanganak. tinuruan ako ng magulang ko mag tagalog. may pinagaralan ako. nag hihirap ako araw araw para mabuti ako pamilya ko. mga ibang pilipino wala kayo ginagawa kung hinde mag reclamo ng mag reclamo. do you honestly think youre entitled to a u.s. citizenship? i hope obama does not pass a bill that states you will become u.s. citizens. dont worry i hope it doesnt happen for ALL illegal immigrants.