Remember when U.S. immigration reform seemed like it was finally in the cards?
That was so 2013.
The brief burst of fanfare following passage of the Senate’s comprehensive bill faded quickly when the debate hit the bitterly divided House, where prospects for getting anything done have been all but extinguished.
And that means starting over from square one. Again.
But a mounting crisis spurred by the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied child migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border since October has resuscitated the issue, underscoring the urgent need to address America’s outdated immigration laws and figure out some plan of action for the roughly 11.7 million undocumented people who live here.
This interactive, produced for The Lowdown by Newsbound, explains what comprehensive reform actually means, why it hasn’t happened yet and how we got ourselves into this messy situation.
To learn more …
- Associated Press: interactive breakdown of the issues
- Immigration Policy Center: fact sheet on how the U.S. immigration works (including visa distinctions)
- Washington Post: Multimedia history of U.S. immigration and demographic changes
A video history of modern immigration policy and the millions of people it’s impacted
- Vox: Explanatory, multimedia overview of the child migrant crisis