At the National History Center’s latest Congressional Briefing, held last Friday, September 12, scholars offered a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing and polarizing issues currently confronting Congress.
Immigration legislation might be “dead for the year” in the House of Representatives, but it will be front and center at the American Historical Association’s 2014 annual meeting.
Currently, people become U.S. citizens in three main ways: they are born in the states or territories, they derive their citizenship from their American parent(s) because they were born abroad, or they naturalize after immigrating.
Yesterday, a short distance from the AHA offices, supporters of immigration reform marched on the National Mall, as a bipartisan group of eight senators continue deliberations that have been alternately described as “stuck,” “close,” “virtually complete,” or “about to get serious.” The senators will likely reveal their plan for comprehensive immigration reform, if there is one, today.
In response to the flurry of activity on this previously languishing issue, the National History Center, a project of the American Historical Association, sponsored a congressional briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building last Friday.