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Immigration Reform Being Killed by Courts

October 19, 2015
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Fifth District Federal Court of Appeaos, New Orleans, LA

Fifth District Federal Court, New Orleans, LA

The fate of immigration reform is in the hands of the federal court. President Obama’s new rules came out last November. The rules said the parents of children born in America could apply to stay and work in the U.S. The rules gave the same rights to the undocumented who came to America as children.

Some states said the president did not have the power to issues such far-reaching rules. They went to federal court in Texas. The judge agreed with them. Now, appeals are being heard in a higher federal court in New Orleans.

Federal courts usually issue rulings within 60 days of hearings. The court has not ruled more than 90 days after the hearing. If they do rule soon, there are other ways to delay action.

Why is time so important? Whichever party loses the case, there will be an appeal for the Supreme Court to take the case. The Louisiana federal court ruling will be or will not be in time for the Supreme Court to hear and rule on the matter before the president’s term in office ends.

It may not matter what the Supreme Court says. Republican candidates for president say, if elected, they will repeal President Obama’s orders.

Immigration advocates are putting as much pressure as they can on the judges. They are demonstrating. Some are going on hunger strikes. This kind of issue rallies the people. It does not usually influence judges.

There may be no reform. The presidential election will be the place where the issue finally goes forward or is derailed. The Republicans will likely keep control of the House of Representatives. It will still be tough for permanent immigration reform to go forward.

Source: The New York Times October 13, 2015

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