Which states will get a vote on whether to grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants?
Posted On July 12, 2021
DUE TO the ongoing immigration crisis, states will be required to consider granting citizenship to those who have already been here.
But which states will actually do it?
That is the big question that the governors of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine and Massachusetts are expected to be asked about when they convene in New York City next month.
A lot of states have already approved their own legislation that would give citizenship to people who are here illegally, and they’ve all had a strong incentive to do so.
The governors of Connecticut, Maine, New York and Delaware have said they would be open to making such a move if they were to pass legislation, but in recent weeks they’ve also said they weren’t ready to do it yet.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, who is a vocal opponent of the GOP nominee Donald Trump, has previously said he would be “willing to take action” if Congress passed legislation to grant legal status to undocumented immigrant families, but he has not said if he would do it as president.
In contrast, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, who campaigned on ending the so-called Sanctuary Cities Act, has said he is open to expanding legal status for undocumented immigrants and his administration has been working with Congress on legislation that could do just that.
He has also said he has a good relationship with President Barack Obama and would “absolutely” support any effort to do something similar to President Trump.
If the governors who are leading the charge for expanding legal immigration are asked about it, it will be a very difficult time for the Trump administration to get a majority of Republican lawmakers to sign on to such a measure.
And that’s because, as the New York Times points out, only a few Republican governors have indicated they would support such a plan.
One possible scenario would be for New York’s governor to sign onto legislation that establishes a statewide registry of people who have been in the country illegally for at least five years.
That would allow New Yorkers to see who they are, which could be a great way to gauge whether a person is eligible for legal status or not.
But even if New York did get a large enough number of governors to sign a bill that would grant citizenship, it would still not be enough to pass a law that would legalize the roughly 3 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
That bill, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), would have to be approved by Congress.
The idea behind DACA is to make it easier for people who arrived illegally in the US as children to stay here, but it has faced intense criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Some have also said it would encourage more people to enter the country, potentially contributing to a flood of undocumented immigrants coming into the country.
That is because undocumented immigrants are eligible for work permits, but they are not legally allowed to apply for them.
Another possibility is to expand legal immigration in the way that Obama did in 2012, when he granted a total of 10 million green cards, or green cards that can be used for family reunification.
But even that would not be sufficient.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, in the first six months of 2017, the number of people living in undocumented status in the U.S. rose by 10.7 million, a trend that has continued since that time.
That means the number that would qualify for DACA and other legal immigration measures in the coming years would be far smaller.
Finally, the governors that are leading in pushing for the issue are also likely to have to deal with a lot of pressure from immigrant rights groups.
The president has already signaled that he is willing to sign executive orders to enforce immigration law, and his aides have said that he has the authority to do just about anything he likes.
Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are already pushing hard to get legislation through Congress, and the fact that it will likely take years to get to the president’s desk suggests that the president may have to wait for the votes of his fellow Republicans.
That’s because the only way that Congress can pass legislation to legalize millions of undocumented migrants is if they also pass laws that would allow undocumented immigrants to become citizens.
That, in turn, could be an extremely difficult path for the president to follow, since he could either take steps to restrict the flow of immigrants to the U to ensure they do not become citizens or do everything in his power to keep them out of the country by making it harder to bring them into the United.
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Like most issues, immigration policy will be very much in the hands of governors, and there are plenty of Republican governors who would be opposed to granting citizenship.
But it is possible that the Republican governors will make a good argument for extending legal status even to undocumented migrants, or at least give it a look.