All eyes have been on Congress for the past few months as the nation crept closer to the edge of the “fiscal cliff.” Now that the cliff crisis has been diverted, some worry that Congressional discussion on gun control laws, taxes and the national budget will drown out and delay important debates surrounding immigration laws.
Immigration reform could potentially grant citizenship to 11 million people currently in the United States illegally and help alleviate a labor shortage felt by many facets of the agriculture industry, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. Read more here.
If immigration reform is overshadowed by other high-priority issues, some advocates worry that an inefficient and distracted Congress could continue to hold up immigration reform.
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) supports immigration reform legislation that secures the country’s borders in a way that is fair and just; allows access to a legal workforce but does not place undo burdens on employers; addresses the labor needs of specific industry sectors, including agriculture; and presents a “common sense” solution for the undocumented workers already in the United States. In addition, NPPC supports a temporary worker visa program.
Following the Dec. 14 shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun control has taken center stage. There are more "fiscal cliff" showdowns ahead. And, if one of the Supreme Court justices announces his or her retirement, it could set up a lengthy nomination process.
Despite this, advocates hope that politicians can multi-task and tackle multiple issues at once.