Although the Supreme Court struck down President Obama’s amnesty program that he was imposing by executive order, his other executive orders on immigration are still in effect, protecting some 80% of illegal immigrants from deportation. Basically, agents have been told not to bother sending back undocumented immigrants unless they commit crimes or are a threat to public safety. (So what does that tell us about the other 20%? And isn’t being here illegally a crime?) [Read more…]
A federal court has blocked President Obama’s attempt to impose amnesty for illegal immigrants by executive order. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case. So it appears that the immigration controversy will end up being decided not by legislation but by the courts. [Read more…]
Pope Francis is coming to the United States next month. Back in January he said that he would like to come in by crossing the Mexican border. That would be, he said, a “beautiful sign” of solidarity with illegal immigrants. I would think such a crossing would be at one of the legal checkpoints, rather than wading across the Rio Grande, but who knows?
The Pope decided not to because if he visited Mexico, he would have to visit the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and he didn’t time this visit. But Catholic opponents of illegal immigration, including the Catholic Republican presidential contenders (Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, and George Pataki) can expect to feel pressure from the pontiff, as they will also on climate change. [Read more…]
A federal judge stopped President Obama’s executive order that certain of the nation’s immigration laws not be enforced. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit by 26 states. The stay is temporary, pending the outcome of the case. The White House said that it would appeal. [Read more…]