The Washington Post ran an interesting article a few days ago titled: “Julian Castro: Supreme Court decision not definitive.” It is a good article to read if you are interested in having a behind the scenes view of how immigration policy may play out over the coming months. A summary of the article is below.
As the Obama Presidency heads into its last few months, there has been major contention over some of the policies he wishes to bring in. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated one of Obama’s major immigration policies. Naturally, this has sparked a major level of fear among immigrants, causing Housing Secretary Julian Castro to urge for immediate calm.
“This is a procedural setback, but this is not definitive,” Castro said Thursday night in response to a court ruling that failed to revive Obama’s stalled plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in the United States.
The court’s action was about as bad as it could get for approximately 4 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be covered by Obama’s plan, which would have deferred deportation for those who have been in the country since 2010, have not committed any serious crimes and have family ties to U.S. citizens or others lawfully in the country.”
A Major Issue
Given that this affects massive parts of families in the US, this is a major issue that needs more coverage. Castro was one of the fiercest defendants of these people, stating that “Folks often forget that undocumented immigrants come in every color, in every background from many different nationalities. But there are so many individuals who are now law-abiding. They’re contributing to their community. They’re working hard. They’re strengthening our national economy, and people take it very personally because this creates tremendous uncertainty for them.”
The setback also caused a vehement response to the overall immigration record of the Obama administration. As one of just four Latinos in the cabinet of Obama, Castro came to his defense stating that his immigration record is “very strong” when compared to past U.S. Presidents.
Not The End
Castro also claims that this is just the beginning, rather than the end, of dealing with these problems and this specific policy. He believes that it will first head back to a lower jurisdiction court, then back to the Supreme Court. Castro hopes for “comprehensive” immigration reform in the future, and hopes this can be one of the parts of a long-term plan to get there.
Castro holds more political sway than in the past thanks to his vetting by Hillary Clinton, the next Democratic candidate for the President. Her campaign has been carrying out reviews on the financial and professional backgrounds of many people, including Elizabeth Warren and Tim Kaine alongside Castro.
Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Attorney, a fiance visa attorney, and a green card attorney. He would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your immigration case. He may be reached at 916-760-7270 or 888-801-6558