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Immigration Issues Rise Again 

January 20, 2016
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Immigration rally in Florida.

Immigration rally in Florida.

President Obama tried to change immigration rules on his own. A federal court said he did not have the right to do so. The president tried to take the case to the Supreme Court. He was successful. It looks like the Supreme Court will rule by June of 2016. If the ruling is in the president’s favor, it will be a big victory for him. More importantly, it will help millions of immigrants stay here legally.

That is not the world Republican candidates want to see. They think it is good politics to be against immigrants. One of them has gone even further. Donald Trump wants to stop all Muslims from coming into this country.

Immigration is one of the biggest issues in the U.S. Democrats favor plans that would let people achieve legal status. Currently, about eleven million people are here without legal status. It makes sense to find a way to protect them. Reform plans may or may not lead to citizenship.

The Supreme Court’s decision may support the president. On the other hand, the court may say that only congress can pass a law that gives rights to immigrants.

There is another big issue. Thousands of refugees have left Central America. Most of them are women and children.  They give themselves up at the U.S. border. They are seeking asylum from violence. In order to be granted asylum, they have to prove they are in danger. They have to prove this in U.S. courts. Without lawyers, they often do not show up in court. They lose their cases.

Homeland Security is starting to find these families and send them back home. Democrats are against the removal of these families. Advocates say it is inhumane to send them back.

Republicans say the border must be secure. This would not keep out all refugees who give themselves up at the border. And these days more Mexicans are leaving the U.S. than arriving.

Immigration is a political football.

Source: The Washington Post January 19, 2016

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