One of the sticking points in the debate over immigration reform is whether undocumented immigrants should be given a “path to citizenship.”
A bi-partisan group of senators, known as the "Gang of Eight," included a path to citizenship in Senate bill 744, which senators passed in June. House Democrats say they plan to introduce a bill that includes a 13-year path to citizenship for legalized immigrants.
But many House Republicans are adamantly opposed to giving undocumented immigrants a “special pathway to citizenship.” Instead, they endorsed an “earned path to citizenship” through education or military, via marriage or employer sponsorships for children brought to the US by their undocumented parents. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has yet to schedule a vote on comprehensive reform.
What makes the issue of citizenship so divisive? What does the “path to citizenship” look like now and what obstacles already exist for immigrants? What impact might the different plans have on this country?
To explore these issues, PRI has invited immigration scholars, researchers and advocates to participate in an online discussion on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3pm EST. You can join this conversation by leaving your ideas, comments and questions below.
Our online panelists will be: