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Immigration in the State of the Union

Immigration in the State of the Union

In the past, there has been extensive bipartisan support for fixing America's broken immigration system, and it was even a key Obama campaign promise. Yet so far, no luck. With twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of American society, and no federal government action to address the issue, states around the country are taking immigration matters into their own hands.
Dozens of states have announced plans to pass immigration laws similar to that of Arizona's SB 1070, which gives police the authority to aggressively enforce immigration laws. Of course, immigration has traditionally been the realm of the federal government, and the Administration is challenging the Arizona law.   
Without constant pressure, Congress and the Administration may continue to avoid this difficult issue altogether. In his 2010 State of the Union address, Obama dedicated exactly 37 words of the 70-minute speech to immigration. Today, we heard an improved (but still inadequate) 177. Expecting more progress in the year to come? Then pick up the phone and make it happen...

Published: 1/25/2011

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