Reverend Samuel Rodriguez has written numerous books about the Christian faith. You can find them here
As President-Elect and National Spokesman for the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Allen Orr often speaks to the media on immigration issues, including in this article
about the contributions undocumented workers make to U.S. employers.
“Illegals,” “aliens,” and “undocumented” are some of the terms referred to in this debate. You can learn more about these terms and the politics behind their use here.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers these
guidelines on the correct terminology when talking about immigration and migrants.
During the debate, Allen points out that the immigration debate can’t be centered on deportation. He reminds the audience that President Ronald Reagan supported amnesty for undocumented residents in the US as the best solution for moving forward. You can learn more about President Reagan’s 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) here
During the debate, Sam argues in favour of the current administration’s stance on strengthening borders and cracking down on undocumented migrants. He points out that President Trump proposed increasing coverage for Dreamers
and offered a pathway to citizenship in exchange for more funding for border security. You can read about the negotiations between President Trump and the Democrats here
Allen disagrees with Sam’s assessment that Trump has tried to move immigration reform forward in a positive way. He points to President Trump’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 2017
, a protection offered to citizens of countries experiencing natural disasters or armed conflict that allows them to legally live and work in the US. This decision was recently upheld and allowed to be enforced by a federal appeals court
Both speakers blamed Congress for acting as a barrier to immigration solutions. You can learn more about the role of Congress in immigration reform in this Washington Post article here.
During the debate, a reference was made to how immigration courts are controlled by the Justice Department. Since the Justice Department is run by the attorney general, often a political appointment, immigration is an issue that is bound to be influenced by political interests. You can read more about how this impacts immigrants and their cases here.