By: Karlene Neal
President Trump tried again to deport the young people (so called Dreamers) who were brought illegally into the US when they were still children. They have lived in the United States all their lives. President Obama, through Executive Order, gave 650,000 of these young, undocumented immigrants permission to live and work in the US without fear of deportation. President Trump tried to reverse Obama’s action through the courts. The Supreme Court blocked Trump’s action, saying that the Department of Homeland Security acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner. President Trump plans to re-write the request and submit it to the courts although it is unlikely there will be a decision prior to election time.
Congress for years has been unable to produce legislation dealing with the thorny issues of illegal immigration. There seems to be some legislators who might be willing to take up the issues but that will probably not happen until after the new congress takes office. The outcome would be highly dependent on the political makeup of congress with Republicans being in favor of tightening our borders and Democrats being inclined to more liberal policies.