Some immigration experts believe that the new Republican-led House of Representatives will be more focused on enforcing immigration law, rather than pushing through a comprehensive reform of the currently broken system.
According to The Epoch Times, Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of law at Cornell University, expects comprehensive immigration reform to be placed on the back burner in the next congressional session. Yale-Loehr, who is the co-author of a 20-volume immigration law treatise, said that key leaders on immigration and Homeland Security subcommittees will likely concentrate more on drafting stricter laws for illegal immigrants who are already living in the United States.
Aziz Rana, who is also a law professor at Cornell, told the news provider that the economic situation does not bode well for immigration reform. Rana added that reform has historically been unpopular during economic downturns.
Some groups, however, are optimistic about future reform legislation under the GOP leadership. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said that the results of midterm elections reflected the public's feelings on broken immigration policies.
"FAIR urges the leadership of the next Congress to embrace the agenda of the American people and transform our immigration policy to place their interests first," said Dan Stein, the organization's president. "The American people want our immigration laws enforced and overall levels of immigration reduced."
The group noted that several reform proposals have already garnered bipartisan support, including mandatory work eligibility verification, enhanced security along the nation's borders and elimination of the visa lottery program.