Obama ditches costly virtual border fence, a possible Republican rift on immigration reform and a legal challenge to local immigration enforcement were among the top stories of the week.
With the seating of the new Congress came the expected, a surprise and tragedy.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa Photo by Ryan J. Reilly/Flickr As Republicans assumed control of the House last week, immigration advocates and Democrats are bracing for what could be a painful two years, with looming battles in the courts, statehouses and on the Hill. President Obama has said he’s committed to an immigration law overhaul
After months of campaigning by immigrant advocacy groups and students, including a massive push leading up to Saturday’s U.S. Senate vote, a bill that would have offered a pathway toward legal status for hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants failed to leap a procedural hurdle, effectively killing the legislation.
For those who might think that the United States is alone in its struggles over and with immigration, guess what: we’re not.
For months, groups who support and oppose immigration have railed against the Obama administration over immigration enforcement policies.
As Democrats scramble to push immigration reform legislation through before the end of a lame-duck session of Congress, Republicans around the country are looking to introduce tough statehouse bills that echo Arizona’s controversial SB 1070.
As the Republicans swept into control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the prospects for immigration reform went out the door with defeated Democrats.
Leading up to this week’s oral arguments before a federal appellate court on whether Arizona’s controversial immigration law is constitutional, all eyes were on the Grand Canyon state.