The 2019 Immigration Showdown

As a new year begins, the stage is set for what has become America’s favorite controversy: immigration policy. Trump has threatened and succeeded at shutting down the government all over the Democrats refusal to fund a $5 billion-dollar wall along the US- Mexican border. As a result, 800 federal employees are facing the New Year in furloughed or work-without-pay status. In the coming days, the House will present a bill solely for the funding of Homeland Security that maintains 2018 funding through February without any funding for a wall.

The Republican led Senate, in response, has indicated that they will not even put to vote any policy they do not believe the President would approve. In other words, we may still be in a stalemate position for a while. All the government workers caught in this cross fire deserve a commendation. They are paying for the nation’s inability to converse, cooperate and legislate as one body.

One must ask how immigration policy is faring without a budget? Federal immigration Courts are closing. This only adds to the 800,000 case-backlog in Immigration Courts. Some matters are being pushed back over a year, gravely affecting the quality of evidence available for these types of matters. It would appear that the administration’s non-negotiable stance actually impedes on U.S. immigration procedures and policy. The result? The U.S. state of the union on immigration is poor. Not because we do not have a wall but because we cannot even have a conversation.

Even after the deaths of 2 children in Border Control’s custody this last month, life and death are treated as political coins wasted on party line rallying cries. There has been no thought as to who we are as a people to allow such atrocities. Nor was there any thought as to who they were as children for our atrocious actions to be their only fatal hope.

There is some hope that 2019 will bring some legislative oversight to what has become the executive branch’s rogue playing field. Forgotten immigration policies, prolonged immigration procedures and unjust barriers to the exercise of one’s rights, can all be checked and balanced. Hopefully, we will once again be reminded of our heritage as a nation of immigrants.

By 2030, the U.S. will join many European and Asian nations on the “super-aged population” list. Over 20% of our population will be over 65. Our need for migrant populations to join our nation in supporting our elders and to drive our economy is pressing. There is much work to be done in planning for our nation’s future. Let’s just stop the rhetoric and get to work.

By The Immigration Post – Chief Editor

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