Immigration appears to be stuck in a political quagmire, even though the American Farm Bureau has released a report arguing the immigration “status quo” is not a viable option for food production in the United States.
Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican representative from Ohio, reversed his position on immigration. After indicating that House Republicans would pursue an overhaul of the country’s immigration laws following President Barack Obama’s January 28 State of the Union address, the representative changed course on Friday, saying it would be best to put off reform until next year.
In 2015, the party may also control the Senate in addition to the House of Representatives. For now, until midterm elections potentially recast party majorities, the Democrats have a 55 to 45 advantage, but the party is defending numerous seats, including ones in Republican-leaning states.
During his State of the Union address, Obama issued a call for reform. “If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement — and fix our broken immigration system,” he said.