Posted on Nov 12, 2015
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I'm on the fense, no pun intended, about parts of the immigration issue facing us. The kids born here are legal citizens. I believe the parents should be able to stay with their kids. That said, our borders must be blocked to keep the immigrants from coming here daily, and expecting free everything free. How to do that is the big question. It sounds impossible, considering the hundreds of tunnels dug from Mexico to the U.S. I'm just glad I'm not a poor Mexican trying to make a better life illegally. And now, the rest of the story:

President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration turns a year old next week, and it's still stuck in the courts.

Monday night, the core of the executive action suffered its latest setback, when an appeals court refused to lift a February order that blocked implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, also known as DAPA. The expanded version of DACA -- or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy -- is also on hold.

Now both initiatives hang in the balance, and their only route to implementation is through the U.S. Supreme Court. But the clock is ticking toward the 2016 elections, and it's unknown how the court will rule, or whether it will even agree to hear the case in the first place.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dapa-supreme-court_5643afcde4b08cda34874e4b?ir=Politics%253Fncid%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003
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PO1 Glenn Boucher
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I am also on the fence about this.
If the child is born here then that child is a US Citizen and possibly a citizen of their parents country. I think that the parents should be allowed to apply for a green card as a path towards citizenship because their child is a natural born US citizen. I mean obviously a 2 year old cannot petition their parents. There should also be a fine assessed to the parents for entering illegally.
I know several people who entered the US illegally and are now US citizens because they did the right thing and fixed their status. Yes its expensive and yes it takes time but its the legal and right thing to do. If the parents to not want to apply or pay the fine then deport them, and yes they take their US citizen child with them back to their home country, there is no law that I know of that requires a US citizen to live in the US. That child will need a visa or something to live in their parents home country and that is the parents responsibility not anyone else's. If that child decides to come back to the US and live here at say age 18 then they can do so and they can also at that time petition their parents or siblings as they deem necessary.
We all know that our immigration system is broken, of that there is no doubt. Immigration needs a serious overhaul so lets fix it instead of throwing a Band-Aid on a bullet hole.
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PO1 Glenn Boucher, You explained what I was trying to explain better than I did. Thank you.
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MCPO Roger Collins
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You are describing the strategy used to to stay here and bring in other family members. I fully understand why anyone would want to move to escape their crappy country but we can't afford it.
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If it were only the families already here with legal children, it wouldn't cost anymore than it is now, but it's not. Those mules and tunnels are used for extortion for the family members already here. I don't see and end in sight.
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