Friday, November 29, 2013

On illegal immigration, more cities are rolling out a welcome mat

Lourdes Medrano writes how cities, like Tucson, Arizona, and states, like California, have moved away from the "tough on immigration enforcement" laws in the past to more of a "welcome mat" approach.

"[S]tates [are] passing laws benefiting illegal immigrants [and rejecting] a years-long history of unfriendliness. From January to June this year, 43 states and the District of Columbia enacted such laws or resolutions related to immigration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Much of the measures seek to make life easier for immigrants or simply praise their contributions. In granting in-state tuition and driver’s licenses to people here illegally, several states were reacting to President Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals program. Under it, eligible young people in the country illegally are allowed to stay and work without being deported."

State and local governments, in my estimation, are moving in the right direction in seeking to better integrate immigrants into their communities, as opposed to adopting immigration enforcement strategies trying to keep "them" out.

UPDATE (12/1);  The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times criticized cities continuing to pass immigration enforcement ordinances, such as Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Fremont, Nebraska, and Farmer's Branch, Texas, and hope that the Supreme Court will not review any of the lower court decisions stroking down the ordinances.


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