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Courts and States Dealing with Immigrants

April 20, 2015
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imigration hearingIn this country, people look for people who agree with them. They find their way to like-minded groups. They live in states with these people. As a result, our country is divided into states and regions that are living and practicing different politics.

The divide over how to deal with undocumented migrants shows how this works. New York uses the Statue of Liberty as the symbol of welcoming immigrants. It has always been a “melting pot.” The states that border on oceans know they are entry points for people from all over the world. And there is something about a boat arriving from a risky voyage that appeals to the heart.

Other states have land borders with other countries. Those border states see migrants climbing fences and fording rivers as invaders. Many people in South, think people who overstay their visas are lawbreakers.

The states also differ in how they treat unauthorized migrants.

President Obama issued a ruling that helped some migrants. It helped the undocumented parents of children born in this country. It said they could apply for a deferral against deportation. If they were law-abiding, they could stay and work in the United States. It did not point them to becoming citizens.

Congress was supposed to do this by passing laws. It did not. The president issued the rule by an executive order.

A federal court in Texas found a way to block the president’s rule. The federal government wants the judge’s ruling overturned. It wants to go forward and process migrants. There was a court hearing last week.

The big question is about the president’s authority to issue the rule.  Opponents of the rule ask, if he can issue this rule, what rules cannot he issue?

Supporters of the rule ask if he cannot issue this rule, what rules can he issue?

In a mostly peaceful way, immigration issues are dividing the country.

Source: The Wall Street Journal April 18, 2015


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