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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Thoughts on Immigration and Congress


The U.S. Immigration system is broken. Instead of fixing the problem, both sides of the aisle would rather play politics than do their jobs. My heart breaks when their inaction leads to the Courts having to make a fair decision. 

The United States Constitution does not specifically mention immigration or immigrants. However, the Constitution contains provisions relevant to immigration and the treatment of immigrants in the United States. The Constitution grants Congress the power to "establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization" in Article I, Section 8. This means that Congress has the authority to set the rules for how immigrants can become naturalized citizens of the United States.

The Constitution also contains several provisions that protect the rights of all people, including immigrants, within the United States. The Fifth Amendment, for example, provides that no person shall be "deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." The Fourteenth Amendment extends this protection to all persons within the United States, including immigrants, stating that no state shall "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."

The Constitution also contains provisions protecting the rights of non-citizens accused of crimes. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to a speedy and public trial, the right to an attorney, and the right to be confronted with the witnesses against you, among other rights, to anyone charged with a crime.

In summary, while the Constitution does not explicitly mention immigration or immigrants, it does contain provisions that relate to the naturalization of immigrants and the protection of the rights of all people, including immigrants, within the United States. My only wish is for both sides of the

aisle, get in a room, and fix this mess once and for all.





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