The border wall has been a major topic of debate since President Trump’s initial campaign promises in 2016, and now the President is working to see these promises through by obtaining funding for a border wall to be installed along the US and Mexico border.
In January 2017, the Trump Administration made its first major leap into controversy and action when they implemented the first major U.S. travel ban .
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s U.S. travel ban. We reported on how the travel ban changed immigration for in 2017, and further how President Trump’s second travel ban was successfully blocked by Hawaii Attorney General, Douglas Chin. [Read more…]
Since Obama’s initial announcement of his Executive Action plan in November, American’s have been battling with how to move forward with immigration reform.
As you may recall, Obama’s executive action on immigration states that he would allow temporary safety for up to four million illegal immigrants from deportation, and grant them work visas. In February, Texas denied the executive action saying President Obama ‘overstepped’ his authority. On May 26, a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit again denied Obama’s administration’s emergency request to override Texas’ shutdown.
On July 10th, government lawyers made another effort to persuade the federal court of appeals to permit Obama’s executive action to move forward. No decision has yet been made, the two judges on the panel are the same two conservatives that ruled against the initial attempt in May – Judge Jerry Smith and Judge Jennifer Elrod.
This set back could have extensive damage to Mr. Obama as he had hope this would be the central piece of his legacy. It now seems that Obama’s argument on ‘having had the full authority to carry out the vast programs nationwide’ has left the Democrats in slow-moving deliberations with the Supreme Court, which they hope will rule favorable before his term ending next year.
Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton makes a move on immigration. Following in President Obama’s footsteps, Mrs. Clinton proposes changes on immigration reform as a priority in her campaign.
With over 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, Mrs. Clinton has publically announced her concern for these aliens and is dedicated to pursuing the enforcement of Obama’s executive action on immigration. Mrs. Clinton will be focusing her immigration efforts on aliens with strong bonds to the family, community, and American employers. She has also promised to improve the living conditions detained immigrants in ICE Detention Centers.
“If Congress refuses to act, as president I will do everything possible under the law to go even further. There are more people – like many parents of Dreamers and others with deep ties and contributions to our communities – who deserve a chance to stay. I’ll fight for them, too.” – Mrs. Clinton
While protecting the Dreamers and their parents from possible deportation could be an easy task, reforming the immigration detention system is an urgent matter that will need more collaboration. Restructuring the guidelines and standards for ICE Detention Centers will take large amounts of resources, which at this point the government spend doesn’t have.
Moments before a government shutdown, Homeland Security funding passed but only for three-weeks.
The surprising defeat, after weeks of bickering, lead to a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had given into the Democrats’ demands earlier this week and taking blame from the public, Speaker John Boehner’s weakness was exposed as he gave in on Friday.
Both Republican leaders are responsible for their parties’ efforts and have frustrated their party. Boehner commented saying the challenges of immigration, similar to abortion and education, are very controversial and difficult to assure that either leader will have enough votes on any bills for either of the issues.
Republicans currently hold 54 of the needed 60 seats to ensure passage of most legislation. Republicans had been using the Homeland Security issue to their advantage to fight towards their ultimate goal – stopping Obama’s executive action on immigration.
GOP leaders are struggling to show they are in charge and conservatives are not happy with the outcomes of their leadership. California Republican Devin Nunes lashed out about the bill saying, “A small group of phony conservative members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama’s lawlessness.”