Cassidy supports Texas Judge against immigration reform
BATON ROUGE- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy agrees with the federal judge in Texas who struck down President Obama's immigration reforms. Cassidy says the President's policies only encourage more illegal immigration. "Literature clearly shows, that when people come here illegally, they both take jobs and depress wages for people who were born here," said Cassidy, "folks are struggling, and we shouldn't make there struggle worse by allowing people to come here illegally."
However, groups helping unauthorized immigrants disagree with the ruling. Leaders with Catholic Charities say the change in status would have positive affects on the country. "This group generates income," said Corina Slazar, the Director of Refugee and Immigration Services for Catholic Charities, Baton Rouge. "If you have a larger tax base," added Salazar, "I think it benefits everybody."
Wednesday was supposed to be the roll-out day for an expanded version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Under the program, some unauthorized immigrants who came to the country as children (under 16) could apply to stay and work in the country for a three year period.
A similar program, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), was supposed to go into affect in May. That program offered a a three year legal status to some unauthorized immigrants who came to the country after the age of 15.
Before the federal judge ruled against the programs, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge had been helping unauthorized immigrants who ware planning to apply for the programs. The group says it will continue to prepare the immigrants in the event the ruling is over turned.
President Obama has vowed to fight the decision in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
The Presidents reforms were estimated to give 5 million unauthorized immigrants legal status. According to the Pew Research center, there were an estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2012.
Catholic Charities says that of the estimated 10,000 unauthorized immigrants in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area, about 5,000 would have been eligible for the President's reforms. According to Pew, Louisiana had an estimated 65,000 unauthorized immigrants in 2010. That estimates up from 20,000 in 2000. According the 2010 U.S. Census, the Latino/Hispanic population for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area was 27,363. In the 2000 Census, that same demographic was 11,621.