States Willing to Take Action When Washington Won’t
“Historically, America’s immigration policy was left up to Washington. Like many other things in the U.S., that changed slightly in the last decade. In the absence of federal immigration reform, dozens of states have enacted hundreds of laws to make their jurisdictions either more or less welcoming to the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants—and sometimes both,” Bloomberg News says.
“A new report from the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, tallies states’ actions on immigration. Perhaps not surprisingly, it finds a nation pulling itself in different directions. Some states, including Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, and Indiana, have put in place comprehensive laws that put restrictions on unauthorized immigrants within their borders. Others have gone in the opposite direction.”
How to Stop Encouraging Illegal Immigration
The Atlantic engages a reverse Qa&A with someone opposed to immigration enforcement.
“Deportations are also politically tricky. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security conducted removal raids that quickly became a point of contention between Democratic lawmakers and the White House. U.S. officials said the operation—launched in the hopes of preventing another surge—was meant to send a message to Central American migrants looking to make the journey.”
“But Democratic members of Congress—already skeptical of deportation—want to see migrants treated as refugees, not wrongdoers, as many are fleeing dangerous conditions. To this end, in January the Obama administration announced a refugee resettlement program with processing centers in Latin America to stanch the flow of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally. The program is still separate from deportations, but it implicitly acknowledges that removals are not the answer—or at least not the only answer.”
Congressional Democrats File Brief Supporting Obama Amnesty Plan
“Democratic lawmakers are again marshaling overwhelming support for President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, whose future now hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court. More than 200 Democrats are backing a new amicus brief that will be filed later Tuesday with the high court, arguing the controversial actions Obama took in November 2014 that could defer deportations and grant work permits to more than 4 million immigrants here illegally are both legal and constitutional,” Politico reports.
Time to Confront Mass Immigration
“The United States should be having a national debate about its legal and expansive immigration system, which contributes to the majority of growth in the nation’s immigrant population, according Steven Camarota, the director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies. ‘This is what we need a national debate about,’ Camarota said Tuesday morning on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily with Stephen K. Bannon. ‘Quite frankly all we ever talk about is illegal immigration, but as we make the point everyone agrees only about a quarter of these individuals are illegal immigrants and their children,’” Breitbart News wrote.
What Is At Stake in the Obama Amnesty Case?
“In the summer of 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on one of the most contentious issues in American politics: illegal immigration. In deciding United States v. Texas, the high court could lift the specter of deportation hovering over millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States. The case pits the Obama administration against more than two dozen U.S. states that claim the president’s so-called deferred action programs are an abuse of executive authority,” the Council on Foreign Relations says.