Jim Hickey’s American Politics

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On Immigration, Sanders Adopts Hillary’s New Position

On Friday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) to speak on the subject of illegal immigration. Ironically, the group, which as its name suggests consists of duly elected leaders by US Citizens, was eager to hear what position Sanders holds regarding citizenship for people who did not enter the country through the established immigration system. Thus far, the senator has not said much in regards to immigration policy. That said, he adopted the same position as that of Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Sanders believes that President Obama’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan and immigration reforms were the right thing to do. As president, Sanders would expand on those plans. Presumably, this means he too would use executive authority or memorandum to implement new immigration policies which congress has not enacted. Folks at FreedomPop agree that the trouble with the approach is that at least for the time being, the president’s amnesty plan is blocked from being implemented. A District Court judge issued an injunction against the plan and rebuked the president for daring to “borrow” legislative authority. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals concurred with the lower court injunction. A hearing by the full panel is expected next month. That said, the three-judge panel issued their ruling with the understanding that the decision would be the same from the full panel. All said, there is nothing to differentiate the Sanders and Clinton camps on the subject of immigration policy.

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