It has been a while since I have posted regarding immigration reform. However, I just couldn't resist. Despite the fact that the overwhelming number of Americans believe that major immigration reform is necessary, the conservatives continue to push an anti immigration agenda.
On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia heard oral argument on a lawsuit brought by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. This another challenge to the Obama administration policy of exercising prosecutorial discretion with regard to many immigrants who have been in the United States for a lengthy period of time and who have substantial family ties to the United States. The good Sheriff contends that these policies require his jail to spend millions of dollars to house illegal immigrants that Obama is refusing to deport. As reported by Josh Gerstein (in Politico), yesterday, the three judges could not seem to figure out what good it would do the Sheriff if he won the case.
The court spent an hour hearing arguments in the lawsuit that contends the jail in Maricopa County is spending millions to house illegal immigrants who Obama is refusing to deport under the program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These are individuals who, typically, were brought to the United States illegally by their parents when they were mere children.
All three judges seemed dubious that a ruling in Arpiao's favor would have any impact on the flow of prisoners into Arpaio's custody or to force the administration to deport people already there. The reality, as argued by Justice Department attorney Beth Brinkman, is that the prosecutorial discretion policies "are an effort at setting priorities for using the limited resources Congress has allocated for deportations. The past six years of removals have been a numerical high." Far more than during the Bush administration. A volume that has angered Latino activists and other immigrant advocates.
So, when we have the majority of Americans in favor of a major reform of our immigration laws (and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advocating such reforms), we still have the far right advocating mass deportation of those individuals who have become a part of our social and economic fabric.
We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. You can help make this happen by visit us at http://www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.