On November 27, 2012, retiring U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) introduced the "Achieve Act," a bill that would grant a limited form of legal status to some undocumented youth.
President Obama's re-election has renewed hopes of possible comprehensive immigration reform to permit undocumented foreign nationals to obtain legal immigration status. Especially considering the impact of people of color on this election, immigration reform is getting much more Republican support than in prior years, increasing the likelihood that such legislation may pass. President Obama has said he hopes to "seize the moment", and anticipates comprehensive immigration reform legislation will be introduced in Congress shortly after the inauguration of his second term.
As many San Francisco Bay Area residents know, Alameda County, and particularly the city of Oakland, has one of the highest crime rates in California. With over 30% of the county's population belonging to the immigrant community, it is no surprise that immigrants make up a large percentage of victims of violent crimes. While crime is still going strong in Alameda, the local authorities have certainly taken notice that supporting the immigrant community is one of the answers to this problem.