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The Undocumented – Waiting and Watching

June 13, 2016
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A volunteer teaches a GED preparation class for immigrants applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Photo Credit: REBECCA BREYER/FILE/AP

A volunteer teaches a GED preparation class for immigrants applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Photo Credit: REBECCA BREYER/FILE/AP

Donald Trump has made it clear. The undocumented have to leave the United States. Hillary Clinton supports a path to citizenship for the undocumented.

The election will make a big difference. What is everybody to do in the meantime?

Many are waiting to see how the Supreme Court decides the big immigration case. President Obama issued two orders. One order targeted undocumented parents. It said if they have children born in American, they may be able to stay here. The other order was for undocumented young people. Many more of them would be able to stay.

The Court may say the president did not have the power to do what he did. They may say he did not follow the rules when he published the orders. That means the orders will not stand. Or the court may agree with the president.

What might happen if the orders stand? The new president might cancel them.

The years are going by. Undocumented children are becoming young adults. They are going to college. They are working.

The other day, two young undocumented women graduated from high school. They live in Texas. They were their class valedictorians.

Word of their achievements got out. The people for and against immigration reform spoke out. Nothing they said was surprising.

Immigration is the kind of issue that may make many people want to vote. Those most against immigration reform are older, less educated white males. Those most supportive of immigration reform are younger and more educated.

That is why voter turnout is so important. For example, states like Florida, Arizona and Texas have large Hispanic populations. A big turnout by Hispanics could shape the vote.

Feelings are running strong in this election. Expect a huge number of people to vote.

Source: The New York Times June 10, 2016

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