Immigration has been a controversial issue in the United States for a long time. The last immigration reform that was passed was the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. I know several people who were directly affected by this.
In November 2014, President Obama wanted to help out many undocumented immigrants (The New York Times). Some immigrants felt the need for reform due to the fact that not all of them were able to get papers from President Reagan’s reform. I have heard from some people that President Obama’s reform was not ideal since immigrants would not get papers, but it was going to help some immigrants out tremendously. Obama’s reform would protect from deportation for about 3 years (The New York Times).
President Obama was also faced with a substantial amount of opposition for this reform. Twenty-six states chose to sue Obama and this past Monday, his case was heard by the Court of Appeals (Nakamura). The Court of Appeals agreed with the twenty-six states (Nakamura). If the Supreme Court decides to hear this case, it will be around June 2016 (Nakamura). Since this case, if it were to be heard, is near the 2016 presidential election, it will definitely have an impact on which voters support which candidates based on their beliefs towards immigration and this case. I hope that whatever ends up happening will be for the better of our country.
The New York Times. “Obama Immigration Reform 2014 Speech: Announcing Executive Action [FULL] Today on November 20th.” Youtube, 20 Nov. 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wejt939QXko.
Nakamura, David. “Appeals court rules against Obama’s immigration plan.” The Washington Post, 09 Nov. 2015, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/appeals-court-rules-against-obamas-immigration-plan/2015/11/09/c73f38b0-874c-11e5-be39-0034bb576eee_story.html.