The Achieve Act doesn’t create a path to citizenship, and doesn’t offer a permanent solution for integrating immigrants into our society. The only thing it achieves is further cementing the fact that GOP lawmakers are not willing to work toward comprehensive immigration reform, a topic on President Obama’s list of top priorities for his second term.
Republicans are hoping the Achieve Act will give them points for effort, but this “effort” will go largely unnoticed. America needs comprehensive immigration reform. Legislation with no path to citizenship is essentially useless.
If Republicans are serious about working to build bridges with Latinos and immigrants, they will need to do more than window dress the immigration issue.