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The Immigration Reform has Stirred National Debate. Is it Constitutional?

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Enforcement, Integration and the future of immigration federalism

As most people know at this point, immigration reform has hit the U.S. through an executive order by President Obama and not through Congress. Brian Lerner explains that there is a hefty debate going on with this issue as to whether the immigration reform was constitutional or not.

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The Republicans are angry and state that Congress should be making laws regarding immigration reform. However, the U.S. Senate prepared a complete bill for immigration reform. It included an overhaul of both enforcement and affirmative immigration. The Speaker of the House would not even bring it for an up or down vote. Thus, while the Republicans are now furious that President Obama took the immigration reform in his own hands, the statements that Congress should do something is a bit disingenuous. They may have disagreed with the Senate version of the Bill, but why not put it up for debate? Why not allow it to go for a vote? Rather, they did nothing. Thus, explains Brian D. Lerner, Immigration Attorney, it is not as though President Obama came rushing through the doors to do immigration reform.
Rather, he waited 1 ½ years after the Senate passed a bill.

Thus, the question: Is executive action by the President of the United States on Immigration Reform constitutional? Now, for what seems like the first time, the House is stating they should debate and talk about the issue on immigration reform. That is great! There are certainly a lot of arguments on both sides.

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