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Undocumented Immigrants Are Parents

In a recent article on New York Times, Roberto Suro, a professor of public policy and journalism at the University of Southern California, and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, the dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, talked about the harmful effects on children on threat of parents' deportation can cause, which could result in delay cognitive development, lower educational performance, and clinical levels of anxiety. Per the authors of the article, one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent. Think of this one in 15 statistic when you next time pass by a park or school, and look at those beautiful innocent faces. Those children are punished every day with a threat that one day federal government would take their parents away from them, and they might never see them again. President Obama has tried to address this problem in November, 2014 by issuance of one of the executive reform, Deferred Action of Parenthood Arrivals (DAPA), which would grant permission to parents of American citizens and legal residents to remain in the United States for three years and to work legally as long as they meet a number of conditions. However, the executive reform is facing legal challenges right now. Unfortunately, there is no reasonable case to be made for punishing those children. The American sense of fairness and system of justice have long embraced the notion that the "sins of the father" should not be visited on the children. Yet these children are being punished every day.


Today, after a hearing on the whether temporary hold on President Obama's executive actions on immigration should be lifted, the United States Court Of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit did not rule and took both sides argument under advisement. Nor did the judges indicate when they would rule. In the event the appeals court lifts the temporary injunction, the administration for Obama could quickly move to carry out the executive orders which consists of expanding the immigration and extend deportation protection to certain parents of U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who have in the country for several years. The provision was slated to begin on May 19, 2015. Even if the injunction is lifted, opponents could still block the executive order by appealing to the Supreme Court. Moreover, even if the program proceeds, the underlying lawsuit challenging the President Obama's executive action could still continue in Texas. The briefs on the merits of the underlying lawsuit is due in mid-May, and a hearing could come in early as June. Therefore, there are many challenges lies ahead for the Obama's executive immigration action.

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