What are the public policy values concerning Immigration?

Prana Ramirez

Abstract


Immigration is a complex issue that is prominent in today’s politics with illegal immigration being the forefront of President Trump’s recent policies. In late 2014 complaints from 17 states were filed seeking an injunction and declaratory relief against the executive actions put in place by former president Barack Obama. The Obama project attempted to clear a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants that have “a) entered the United States before their 16th birthdays, and (b) had been in the United States continuously for five years, to allow immigrant parents to stay with their children instead of being deported, and to focus the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security on actual threats from illegal immigration. Despite the current administration’s effort to overturn the Obama project, there should be an effort to consider the policies that might improve our economy, including the fact that policies should be put in place to welcome immigration, which is what made this country as prosperous as it is.

Keywords


immigration law; illegal immigration; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA); DREAM Act

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