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Sensible Immigration Policies that Work for Everyone

Approaching Immigration at Federal level best serves our nation’s values


Sensible Immigration Policies that Work for Everyone

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 On June 25, the Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions challenged in Arizona vs. United States. The court ruled “unconstitutional” the parts of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration bill SB1070 that:

 

  • Criminalize a person’s presence in Arizona without documentation of legal status
  • Criminalize working, or looking for work without legal status
  • Permit police to arrest people without a warrant if they are suspected of having committed a deportable crime

 

However, the court upheld the “show me your papers” portion of the law, which requires police to check a person’s immigration status if they are arrested or being held legally, and are suspected of not having legal status. This form of racial profiling discriminates against people (legal citizens and undocumented immigrants alike) based on how they look or speak, and burden local police with the task of enforcing immigration policies.

 

Though copy-cat laws in some states face similar legal challenges, still other states are focusing on common-sense approaches to immigration that expand opportunity for all residents, both immigrant and native-born. Many proposals either inject much-needed revenue into state coffers through increased tax and tuition receipts or are completely devoid of negative fiscal impact. Crucial to moving forward on Immigration Policy that works for the entire United States is a serious, uniform solution at the federal level addressing those who are already here, welcomes their economic contribution and keeps families together.

 

The Obama administration recently announced that it would stop deporting, and begin granting work permits to younger immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. This partially achieves one of the goals of the DREAM Act, a plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came here as children illegally, but have since gone to college or served in the military.

 

 

 

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