“Seldom have the hopes of so many been crushed by so few words,” stated Walter Dellinger, Solicitor General for the Clinton administration.
This was his response to the latest news from the United States Supreme Court, which voted on a case that challenged the legal legitimacy of President Barack Obama’s immigration plan.
Up to five million undocumented immigrants are now affected by the deadlocked court. As a result of the 4-4 vote split, President Obama’s plan to help people integrate legally into the United States is unlikely to happen during his remaining time in office.
Many of these five million undocumented immigrants have been working in the United States for years, contributing their labor to the growth of the U.S. economy while living peacefully among U.S. citizens. If President Obama’s plan was upheld by the supreme court, this group of immigrants would be allowed to work legally in the country without having to worry about immediate deportation.
If President Obama’s plan was upheld by the supreme court, this group of immigrants would be allowed to work legally in the country without having to worry about immediate deportation.
Instead, the Supreme Court has left more than five million people remaining in limbo.
Despite the fact that undocumented immigrants contribute to the United States, state and federal governments remain unable to move towards a reasonable, pragmatic solution.
As a result, in order to secure a visa in the United States, those who wish to emigrate have to sign up for visa waiver programs, NAFTA-sanctioned work programs, or other specialized visa programs. For the foreseeable future, those who have lived in the United States without documentation face an uncertain future despite the contributions they’ve made to the country they love.
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