Several years ago, an El Paso County resident filed a lawsuit that accused sheriffs’ deputies of conducting immigration checks at roadside checkpoints. The suit was settled in 2006. The county sheriff’s department was required have written policies that prohibit deputies from enforcing civil immigration law.
Immigration detainers have become a prominent issue in the ban on Texas-based sanctuary cities and the showdown between Gov. Greg Abbott and Travis County Sherriff Sally Hernandez. The county is part of a 300-member contingent of law enforcement agencies nationwide vowing to limit cooperation with notifications that could lead to deportation.
History was ready to repeat. One weekend filled with uncertainty, chaos and protests was about to spill over into a second weekend. However, a Friday night ruling from yet another federal judge created uncertainty in the White House.
On the same day that President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying federal funding to sanctuary cities, similar battle lines were drawn in Texas. State lawmakers and local jurisdictions are amassing on their respective front lines in what may be an epic battle.
The end of any U.S. presidential term involves a flurry of eleventh-hour executive orders, pardons and repeals. The waning days of the Obama administration saw a measure repealed that granted automatic residency to almost every Cuban arriving in the United States.
Under U.S. immigration law, an individual must be 18 or older in order to apply to become a U.S. citizen. Even though children are not allowed to apply for naturalization, they may automatically become citizens thanks to automatic acquisition of citizenship rules.
Not since the halcyon days of Pink Floyd has a wall become so prominent and influential. Packed arenas saw fans sing along to performances of one of their signature songs, “The Wall.”
The election season of 2016 and the subsequent outcome have shined a bright light on the issues surrounding illegal immigration, specifically sanctuary cities. High-profile debates and intense media coverage introduced many Americans to the existence of certain areas that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.
It's no secret that president-elect Donald Trump wants to take an aggressive stance on illegal immigration. For example, he has proposed building a wall on the southern border that he says would make it difficult for people to enter the country illegally.