Immigration reform news 2015: Obama executive order is the last hope of undocumented immigrants
Things are looking bleak as far as immigration reform in concerned. President Obamaâ€™s executive order that had ignited so much hope among the people who were to benefit from it has turned into despair and hopelessness as Republicans go all out to scuttle it.
They seem to have succeeded in stalling it for the time being. But if there is some more delays, many hundred thousand people among the ones who were to benefit from it would end up being deported from the US.
There is no denying the fact that for the people who have spent a long part of their lives in the US and whose contribution in running the economy cannot be discounted, being thrown out of it despite tall assurances is very disturbing.
Many people are so much feeling threatened that they may even think of taking the most extreme step before they are actually bundled out of the US.
It is needless to say that the immigration reform had actually aimed at working out modalities to give US nationality to 11 million people. These people are living in the US for decades and many have spent their lifetime here. It is a great humanitarian issue besides being good for the US economy. When Republicans clearly told the nation that they will not allow it to pass at any cost, President Barack Obama came up with executive order that would have implemented a toned down immigration law in the US. In November 2015, the President actually released executive orders that would have helped more than five million illegal immigrants.
Republicans have tried to stall it in every possible way. In the meantime the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is receiving large number of arguments this week both in favor of and in opposition to Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanenâ€™s injunction against President Barack Obamaâ€™s executive action. Reports suggest that these briefs were sent to the court in advance of the courtâ€™s scheduled oral argument session on April 17 in New Orleans to determine if Hanenâ€™s injunction should remain in place.
Republicansâ€™ argument that immigrantsâ€™ are bad for US economy is contrary to the facts. A study conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) says that both Asian and Hispanic voter base is set to expand by as much as 19.2 million in the next yearâ€™s elections. The latest report by Partnership for a New American Economy says that in Wisconsin alone, immigrants are actually motivating force behind job creation and immigrant entrepreneurs have made a considerable impact by starting more than 10,000 businesses. The report further says that these immigrant-owned businesses brought in nearly $600 million in business income annually between 2006 and 2010.
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