Can an Individual earn a “Right”
Almost three years ago, the U.S. Senate passed a set of meaningful comprehensive immigration reforms. That hard-fought effort stalled in the U.S. House. Meanwhile, millions of people remain needlessly gripped by fear and uncertainty. It is very easy as a journalist to present a matter in a different way than said matter actually came to fruition.
There are names for this type of writing that in particular include the mainstream media; consequently, naming conventions such as “responsible journalism,” and citizen journalist have received names.
Last week, their fate became the subject of heated oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Led by Texas, a coalition of states argue President Obama abused his executive authority in late 2014 when he expanded an existing immigration program that defers deportations for people brought to the United States as children. He also extended the same temporary work and residency rights to parents of children who are here legally. Two lower courts intervened and stopped the president’s actions from taking effect.
We believe the lower courts were right. Where does it say in the US Constitution that the executive branch — meaning the sitting President has this type or kind of right? Therefore we believe that President Obama realized that his amnesty program was not going to gain political strength and decided to initiate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; what is clearly worse is that he also created the Deferred Action for Parental Arrivals and we ask for what?
We do not believe that Congress should finally overhaul the immigration system. In fact we believe that Congress should begin to make reforms to accommodate our nation with respect to the amount of illegal’s in the country. Common-sense reforms should include an over all format for visas, as well as a system that keeps track of people who use the automated visa system to get in and then do not leave. That includes 230,000 in this state of Washington.
Ilse Montes De Oca was brought to the U.S. when she was just 6 months old. She learned about the challenges of living in Washington illegally when she was diagnosed with cancer at age 9. Okay the fundamental problem with this particular case is that did Mr. & Mrs. De Oca bring Ilse to the USA when she was 6 months old? How was her cancer diagnosed, treated and who paid for it?
After spending her teen years picking pears and baking Mexican pastries in Yakima, she became the first member of her family to graduate from college, earning a degree from the University of Washington.
Granted legal status under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, De Oca was able to work as a nanny and researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This year, she earned a certified nursing assistant license and joined the same oncology unit that treated her as a child. Now 24, she has been accepted into Seattle University’s nursing program.
But like the other nearly 16,000 people in Washington with DACA status, De Oca does not qualify for federal financial aid. Nor can she defer admission.
Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says De Oca’s situation is frustrating and far from rare. “These are people who are already contributing to our community,” he said. “They just want to contribute fully.”
We believe that statement by the special interest executive director is true; however, this is one case — and yet there are literally about 20 million illegal’s in our nation.
People like De Oca have earned the opportunity to prove their hearts and talent belong in America.