Spenser Heaps, Deseret News People near the University of Utah campus to show support for undocumented immigrants and call for immigration reform in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Another week of political left vs. political right rhetoric on immigration. The spark for this latest round of flame-throwing was President Donald Trump calling for National Guard troops to help protect the southern border. While the act itself will do little to change the dynamic at the border, (similar orders were carried out by President Barack Obama in 2010 and President George W. Bush in 2006), the hyperbole it has ignited has fanned the rage of operatives and organizations across the political spectrum. The nation is exhausted by this perpetual battle that yields no national security improvements, no certainty for “dreamers,” no support for law enforcement and no way out for those trapped in the system — but which delivers plenty of dollars for those who profit from … [Read more...] about The path to immigration reform is clear. The real question is, who will lead?
Immigration reform is a hot topic these days, and you might or might not know that Roanoke’s congressman is deep in the thick of it. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, is the lead sponsor of a bill that addresses some of the highest-profile immigration issues.Introduced in January, the Securing America’s Future Act is considered a “hardliner” approach compared to many other proposals out there. And that’s why some eyebrows were raised recently with the online publication of an article about Goodlatte’s own ancestry.It found his maternal grandfather, Carl Wilhelm Mentzendorff, emigrated in a manner the congressman’s bill seeks to prevent, and that Mentzendorff lied at least twice under oath in the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship. Moreover, Goodlatte’s maternal grandmother lost her own citizenship by marrying a foreigner. Their daughter — the congressman’s mother — appears to have been declared a Swiss citizen at … [Read more...] about CASEY: How would Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s immigrant ancestor have fared under immigration reform?
CHEYENNE – Ty Hernandez is a graduate of Cheyenne’s East High, a Laramie County Community College business degree holder and an aspiring entrepreneur.As a food lover, the 22-year-old hopes to someday own and operate a Mexican food restaurant. He is also one of roughly 700 “Dreamers” living in Wyoming today.His mother traveled from Mexico when Hernandez was 4 months old and married his father, a Tennessean.“I was raised American,” he said. “I grew up on the same playgrounds, I went to the same schools, but when people realized I was part of DACA, some of my friends treated me like I was a criminal all of a sudden.”Hernandez marched with at least 50 other faith-based and community action groups during a Good Friday demonstration in support of immigrant justice on Friday.Activists expressed the need for nationwide immigration reform and a path to citizenship for DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, recipients. DACA is a program … [Read more...] about Activists and faith leaders march for immigration reform
CAPITOL HILL — A deadlocked Washington on immigration matters is not new. Congress' inability to address the legal status of undocumented newcomers and reform America's oft-criticized immigration system spans several decades and multiple U.S. administrations. Protracted gridlock helped spur the creation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, as an executive order that bypassed Congress. The current political impasse has blocked a permanent legislative solution benefiting immigrants — sometimes called Dreamers — who were brought to America as children. Key dates in recent efforts to reform U.S. immigration laws: June 23, 2007: Then-President George W. Bush renews a call for lawmakers to forge a comprehensive immigration reform package, declaring, "The status quo is unacceptable." Neither house of Congress approves immigration reform during his two-term administration.December 8, 2010: Majority Democrats in the House of Representatives pass the … [Read more...] about Comprehensive US Immigration Reform Remains Elusive After Years of Failed Plans
close Video Border Patrol reaction to caravan of immigrants headed to US Border Patrol union leader Brandon Judd provides insight as large group of immigrants make their way to the southern U.S. border. President Trump called on Sunday for "tough" immigration reform after a report stated a caravan carrying more than 1,000 people from Central America is traveling through Mexico, with their last stop intended for the United States in hopes of entering the states illegally or by asking for asylum. The caravan — organized by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders — traveled through Mexico without authorization last week, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday. Officials in Meixco have not attempted to stop the migrants, about 80 percent of them from Honduras, according to the report. The group’s intent is to provide those people a safe way to travel to the U.S. National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) union chief Brandon Judd told “Fox & … [Read more...] about Trump calls for ‘tough’ immigration reform after report of caravan with Central Americans heading to US