theSkimm's Guide to

IMMIGRATION

THE STORY

There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, most of them from Central America. And there are millions of opinions on how the US should handle this.

THE PROBLEM:

Which one? Many immigrants are fleeing gang violence at home and making a dangerous trek from Central America to the US. Once they arrive, things get even more complicated. Some US citizens think it’s not fair that undocumented workers are taking jobs and not paying the same taxes as citizens. Other US citizens think these immigrants are taking the least desirable jobs, with no clear path to citizenship.

WHY HASN’T IT BEEN FIXED YET?

Immigration has an “It’s Complicated” relationship status in Congress, and it’s very politically divisive. Congress blocked Dubya 43 from passing immigration legislation, and the Republican-controlled House has done the same to President Obama. Guess who is en fuego about this? Hispanic voters. Guess who cares about Hispanic voters? Anyone trying to get elected.

WHAT’S THE LATEST?

A huge surge of immigrants crossed the US-Mexico border in the summer of ‘14, many of them minors. Detention facilities were overwhelmed, and with nowhere to go, lots of immigrants started getting deported. And people started paying even more attention. Obama tabled the issue in 2014 because he didn’t want Dems to get slammed for it in the midterm elections. Then, he used executive action to give millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to temporarily stay in the US without fear of deportation. This didn't go over so well with lots of people. A group of 26 states sued, and now the Supremes are deciding whether his solo move was OK.

WHAT THE LEFT SAYS…

We want to give people a road-map to citizenship. Deportation isn’t fixing the problem — it’s crippling immigrant communities.

WHAT THE RIGHT SAYS…

Is he President or King Obama? They don't agree with Obama's plan and think that using executive action is a big, BIG abuse of power.

theSKIMM

There are more sides to this issue than there are points of entry into the States. And President Obama’s promised he’ll get immigration reform through before he leaves the White House.