EDITORIAL: CHALLENGES TO IMMIGRATION REFORM COMING

Immigration is in the forefront of political rhetoric and cultural consciousness this election cycle. Though not a new topic, actions taken by researchers, students, and politicians are coming to a head in the coming weeks. April is shaping up to be an important month in the struggle for immigration reform and the evolution of immigration rhetoric.

In just two weeks, the Supreme Court will hear United States v. Texas, which challenges the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive action on immigration known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. This week, an amicus brief was filed by 43 Senate Republicans and supports the 27 politicians and lawyers challenging the move, which gives immigrants who arrived in the United States illegally before 2010 the ability to file for deferred action. Senate Republicans and other opponents of the action argue that the White House overstepped its boundaries and exerted power not given to the executive branch. Many supporters of the action point to the lack of reform that has been the result of the Republican-led Congress and that action needs to happen now.

Obama’s move relieves the threat of deportation for families who have been living in the United States for half a decade or longer. These immigrants are often integrated into U.S. communities, owning houses and paying taxes.

Meanwhile, in the race for the White House, presidential candidates on both sides have recently made declarations on immigration. First was a claim by Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders blaming NAFTA for the worsening of the illegal-immigration situation. Both Hillary Clinton and Sanders have pledged to expand Obama’s executive action to protect illegal immigrants, but Sanders has targeted NAFTA as a major cause for the increased problem.

By The Daily Iowan

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