Category: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Is Immigration Reform Possible Even After Last Night’s Vote?

We all know that yesterday’s election results are very bad for immigration reform. After all, the last time we had a Democratic President with a Republican controlled Congress we witnesses the passage of IIRIRA (Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act).

Despite last night’s vote, President Obama vowed today that he will be using his executive powers on immigration to grant some relief for certain immigrants. However, as I discussed in previous posts, these measures will fall short for several reasons, least of which, they will not be followed by the same people entrusted with enforcing these policies. Executive action will also not deal with the long wait times for both immigrant and work visas.

President Obama promised that the new executive action before the end of the year, unless he gets a bill that “he could sign”. I know that these measures will fall short, but they could allow millions of immigrants remain in the country where they have established family ties for decades.

I just hope that we do not get another IIRIRA.

When local governments take matters into their own hands…. Get ready for Fremont round 2.

It seems like local government in the west still want to enforce immigration laws, even though the ink from the Arizona decision is not dry yet. You might have heard about a local city’s plan (Fremont, Nebraska) to enforce immigration laws by blocking their ability to rent housing within the city. A federal judge had allowed the old plan to go forward, until opponents could show that the plan is discriminatory. 
The new plan was passed yesterday by voters. The plan requires renters to get a $5 permit and attest that they are in legally in the United States.  The ACLU plans to file a new lawsuit to challenge the ordinance. The ACLU challenged a similar plan that was passed in 2010.  The Eighth Circuit upheld parts of the ordinance. Read the ACLU’s brief here.
I have long been against local enforcement of immigration laws. The Supreme Court agreed that local enforcement is preempted under federal law. Why do you think local governments keep passing these laws? I welsome your comments.
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