While millions wait, the immigration debacle continues

06/27/2016 Chicago Tribune

immigrationFew topics have spawned more commentary in recent years than unauthorized immigration, and few have generated as much pressure for a solution. But in a decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court provided a nine-word ruling — “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court,” it read in its entirety — and no resolution. So a matter that has roiled American politics and government for years will go on roiling.

The result of the Supreme Court action was to return the dispute over President Barack Obama‘s immigration program to the lower courts. Obama’s initiative was meant to allow foreigners who are parents of children born here, and people brought here as children, to remain in the country despite their unauthorized status. It removed the threat that they would be deported.

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Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón, 2 Ex-Presidents of Mexico, Say No Way Country Is Paying for Donald Trump’s Wall

2/25/16 New York Times

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At almost all of his campaign rallies, Donald J. Trump leads a familiar refrain as he details his plan to build a giant wall along the border with Mexico.

“Who’s gonna pay?” he asks.

Without fail, Mr. Trump’s adoring fans reply, “Mexico!”

While the Mexican government has said little about Mr. Trump’s plan to beef up border security, two of the country’s former presidents have a message for Mr. Trump: Mexico won’t pay.

“I’m not going to pay,” Vicente Fox said, using a profanity to comment about the wall Thursday in an interview with Fusion. “He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”

Mr. Fox, who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, was clear in his opposition to Mr. Trump, calling him “egocentric” and lacking in any political values. Mr. Fox also expressed disbelief that Mr. Trump did well with Hispanic voters in the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday and called on them to open their eyes.\

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Immigration Reform 2016: Ahead Of Nevada Caucus, Ted Cruz Says He’d Deport All Undocumented Immigrants

2/23/16 International Business Times

Ted_Cruz_by_Gage_Skidmore_4Less than a day before Nevada Republicans were expected to caucus to choose a potential next president, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took a pointed new position on immigration Monday. His new plan — to round up and deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States — aligns the senator with the bombastic front-runner Donald Trump, who has played a crucial role in starting an intra-party debate over immigration reform.

“Yes, we should deport them,” Cruz told Fox News channel host Bill O’Reilly. He went further by saying that a Cruz administration would play an active role looking for people to deport. “Of course you would. That’s what [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws that apprehends them and deports them.”

Cruz has been moving right on the issue for months now, though he has always been considered strong on the issue. In January, Cruz said that he opposed a special force to find and deport undocumented immigrants, saying that he did not intend on sending law enforcement to every door in America.

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Look to California’s Model

9/3/2015 New York Times 

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 200Nearly two-thirds of Americans favor a path to legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants, and this support has remained steady over the past decade. That is to say, immigration is not an issue that the majority of Americans are actually angry about.

Despite consistently high popular support for legalization, Congress has failed to act. After the 2012 elections, reform seemed possible — many conservative leaders, including Paul Ryan, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly were supportive, and the Senate passed an immigration bill with 68 votes in favor. But, many House Republicans were worried about backlash from conservative constituents, and Eric Cantor’s primary loss in 2014 effectively ended any hope for congressional action for the foreseeable future.

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Immigration Reform 2015: Tijuana, Mexico Border Security To Be Tightened Over Pedestrian Foot Traffic

7/20/15 International Business Times

border_at_tijuana-tomas-castelazo2Mexican immigration officials will be stepping up their inspections of foreigners entering the country on foot, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. A new building for Mexican immigration and customs inspection stations is scheduled to open at the Tijuana pedestrian entry in September.

Officials are expected to require foreigners entering Tijuana from San Ysidro, California, to show travel documentation if entering Mexico by foot. Authorities plan to create two pedestrian lanes for those entering Mexico: one for foreigners and one for Mexican citizens.

“Our intention is not to create congestion at the border,” said Rodulfo Figueroa, head of Mexico’s National Migrant Institute in the Mexican state of Baja California, the Union-Tribune reported. “Our intention is to try different strategies to process as many people as we can within a reasonable time frame.”

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Immigration becoming key GOP issue

07/13/15 The Boston Globe

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006In 2004, it was the Iraq War. In 2008 and 2012, it was the economy.

And as 2016 approaches, immigration has become the presidential race’s most divisive issue in the GOP primary — with ramifications that could extend until next November.

Well before Donald Trump’s comments debasing Mexican immigrants and a San Francisco woman’s death allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant earlier this month, voters peppered candidates with immigration questions in town hall meetings across the Granite State.

“Immigration has been a question in every event I have gone to for months and months,” former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina said in an interview during her five-day swing in New Hampshire last week.

The candidates’ stances on immigration have become, for some GOP voters, a litmus test to determine whether a hopeful is conservative, moderate, or somewhere in between. Their positions often denote whether they stand with the traditional GOP stronghold of business — which generally support a pathway to legal status for the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants — or with the populist base, who foremost want to secure the southern border.

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Immigration Reform: Transgender Immigrants Skeptical Of New Detention Guidelines Designed To Protect Them

7/9/15 International Business Times

Photo by Andrew Bardwell from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, WikiCommonsJessycka Lettona describes most of her life as lonely, having grown up in Guatemala with a sexual orientation and gender identification that set her apart from most people around her. But the most recent chapter of her life, immigrating to the United States, began with a particularly isolating experience: spending seven months in a men’s immigration detention facility as a transgender woman. “It was a very ugly experience. It was a nightmare,” she said.

From October 2014 to May 2015, Lettona, 27, was detained in Florence, Arizona, and later in Santa Ana, California, after entering the U.S. in a bid for asylum. Fear seized her for those seven months while she endured groping, jeers and verbal harassment on a regular basis.

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