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New York Times editoral board calls out states’ nativist immigration lawsuit


Imagine 2050 Staff • Jan 20, 2015

“The first thing to know about the lawsuit brought by two dozen states to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration is that it is a meritless screed wrapped in flimsy legal cloth and deposited on the doorstep of a federal district judge in Brownsville, Tex.”

With that opener, the New York Times editorial board criticized the 25 state lawsuit against the president’s executive action on immigration after last week’s hearing in Brownsville, TX. The editorial, “Nativist Lawsuit on the Texas Border,” paid particular attention to Federal Judge Andrew Hanen and called out the nativist intentions and implications behind the suit.

As the editorial notes (emphasis ours):

“The Obama administration has an urgent job this year: setting up an ambitious, smoothly functioning effort that could grant relief to more than four million people. All the anti-immigrant side has to do is keep trying to block reform, and, failing that, to spread chaos, confusion and anxiety.

“The country is not going to deport everybody — even many Republicans admit that, but they continue to refuse to do anything to fix the system. After Mitt Romney’s disastrous presidential pose on “self-deportation,” the party went through a stretch of sobriety and sought to enhance its damaged brand by getting in line with the public, which rejects mass deportation in favor of having immigrants come forward, pay taxes and get right with the law. But now we have Republican governors and attorneys general pressing a 25-state lawsuit, joining their counterparts in Congress who are waging a legislative assault on Mr. Obama’s executive actions. The party has reverted back to its original strategy: intimidation, exclusion and fear.

As the editorial and others have articulated, the states will have a tough time making their case stick beyond Judge Hanen. Meanwhile, immigrants seeking deportation relief should not be intimidated by these professional fearmongers and their friends in Congress.

Read more from Imagine2050 about why the states’ immigration lawsuit is a nativist publicity stunt.

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