There are multiple reasons why we’re revisiting the topic of immigration on Kentucky Tonight this evening.
We last discussed the issue almost nine-months ago and much has changed since then. In the summer of 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform proposal with 14 Republican votes. (Both of Kentucky’s Republican senators voted against the legislation.) But the Senate measure failed to move in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Fast-forward to 2014 when President Obama made an immigration bill a top priority in his legislation agenda. Yet not much has happened since then. The House and Senate have yet to find a bill on which they can agree. At the same time, a surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America started to flock across our southern border. Now, in mid August, many of those children remain in shelters, lawmakers have gone home for their summer recess, and the White House has shifted focus to the crisis in Iraq.
In a conversation for my One to One program three weeks ago, Sen. Rand Paul repeated his stance that any attempt at immigration reform must include provisions to secure the border first.
Our immigration discussion tonight will feature Nima Kulkarni, an international business and immigration lawyer in Louisville; Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl; Rebecca O’Neill, an immigration lawyer at Kentucky Refugee Ministries in Louisville; and Dan Rose, a Lexington lawyer and president of Americans First. The show airs 8 p.m. on KET and online at KET.org/live.