WHAT'S THE ISSUE? There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. And millions of opinions on how the US should handle it. Add Donald Trump and a great wall of emotion, stir for total chaos. THE WHAT Pretty much everyone agrees that US immigration needs an overhaul. But there's a lot that goes into that. And it involves actual people and their families. So yes, it’s complicated. And for decades, Congress has been saying ‘not it’ when it comes to tackling the issue. WHY’S THAT? On one hand, you have the millennial kids of undocumented immigrants who want to see their parents get citizenship. And on the other, you have people who worry about things like undocumented immigrants taking jobs from others in their neighborhoods. And then you have the politicians who like to get re-elected, and are trying to appeal to both of these groups. Borders, blurred. SO WHAT’S THE LATEST? In 2014, President Obama took some executive actions (DC speak for ‘I do what I want’). His plan: give millions of undocumented immigrants the chance to temporarily stay in the US. Mainly parents of US citizens and people who've been living in the country for a while. Criminals need not apply. But a group of GOP-leaning states said ‘stop right there,’ and served Obama with a lawsuit. That went all the way to the Supreme Court. And since the Supremes are down a member, they tied. Meaning a lower court ruling that blocks Obama’s moves is left in place. And ‘fix immigration’ is officially something that the next prez will have on his or her to-do list. WHAT THE GOP SAYS... The immigration system is broken. Priority #1 needs to be border security. Then we can focus on whether there should be a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. WHAT THE DEMS SAY... The immigration system is broken. And it forces millions of undocumented immigrants to live in the shadows. Priority #1 should be putting these people on the path to citizenship. WHAT THE CANDIDATES SAY... Hillary Clinton…we needed a path to citizenship yesterday. Comprehensive immigration reform is a win for everybody.
Donald Trump…we needed a big, beautiful wall along the southern border yesterday. Mexico will pay for it. The immigration laws on the books have to be enforced, and any reform should improve job and wage security for US citizens. Practice extreme vetting of immigrants from countries with a history of terrorism.
theSKIMM Real immigration reform is something every presidential wannabe has promised for decades. But it’s so politically touchy that nobody can actually get it done. And in the meantime, millions of people are on hold.