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Immigration Reform 2015: Obama executive order threatened by Republicans, DACA and DAPA may still help many immigrants

Immigration Reform 2015: Obama executive order threatened by Republicans, DACA and DAPA may still help many immigrants

Immigration Reform 2015: Obama executive order threatened by Republicans, DACA and DAPA may still help many immigrants

Immigration reform is keeping people puzzled. For the last several years there have been promises, moves and then reversals as far as immigration reforms are concerned. Three years ago, almost everyone thought that the immigration issue was set to be resolved.

The immigration reform bill was all set to be implemented in the US some three years ago. After Senate passed the bill, almost everyone thought that it is going to be passed in the Congress. But after months of back and forth wrangling, and many promises –all of which were meant to be broken –Republicans killed the reform bill.

Since then they have frustrated every effort by President Barrack Obama to implement immigration reform in the US that would have given much needed relief to as many as 12 million undocumented immigrants. His executive order that he issued as a temporary solution to woes of some five million undocumented immigrants was challenged in court again by Republican ruled state and they got a stay on the order.immigration impact us hiring

Texas seems to be in the lead as far as fight against President Obama’s immigration reform is concerned. The then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, and now led by current-Attorney General Ken Paxton, sued the federal government over President Barack Obama’s November 2014 immigration executive order, specifically the implementation of the updated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.

It was thought that The DACA and DAPA programs will be able to give much needed, though temporary relief to as many as some 5 million undocumented immigrants . It would have provided them three-year stay in the U.S. pending on requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to Abbott and Paxton, the executive branch cannot create new laws, and the Obama administration defied the separation of powers.

Now there are people who are asking Texas not to take a lead role in something that would benefit millions of people. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, during an address on the House of Representatives floor on June 3, made Texas his focus. “What does that bumper sticker say? ‘Don’t Mess With Texas?’ Well, I’m about to not follow that advice…You see, Texas has put itself front and center in the national debate over immigration and is leading the way among the 26 states suing the federal government to stop the lawful and sensible executive actions introduced by the president.”

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