AirTalk for October 24, 2013

Government focus shifts to immigration reform

Darrell Issa in snowy New Hampshire

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U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is planning to introduce an immigration bill that would give legal status to undocumented immigrants for six years.

Shifting gears from the technical problems of the Affordable Care Act website, President Obama called on Congress to work on an immigration overhaul. The immigration plans of the President have been overshadowed by the government shutdown, and the launch of the new healthcare system. Some Republicans are already announcing their legislation plans.

Re. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to release legislation sometime next week that would provide temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants. His legislation would provide undocumented immigrants six years of legal status in the country, according to a Politico interview.

The effort would allow the government a full accounting system of those who are in the country illegally, and would allow undocumented immigration he ability to travel out of the country with this temporary visa. This legislation would be the first bill the House Republicans have released this year that would provide some type or legalization for undocumented immigrants. Many House Republicans prefer a more piecemeal approach to fixing the nations fragmented immigration system.

What do you think about this possible bill? Is temporary legal status going to benefit undocumented immigrants in this country? Will this bill be easy or difficult to pass?

Guests:

Seung Min Kim, Congressional Reporter for POLITICO who reported on the immigration bill California Congressman Darrell Issa is planning to introduce

David Harrison, Immigration Reporter, CQ Roll Call


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