It is predicted that 2017 will bring a whirlwind of change for immigration laws and policies in the United States. While any changes at the federal level will not materialize until after January 20, there are several ongoing and new immigration-related issues currently at the state level.
Iowa to Examine Immigrant-Friendly Policies
For example, in the state of Iowa, Iowa City councilmen and women have come to an agreement that the city does not have any immigration-related issues. However, in anticipation of changes implemented by the new administration, the council has agreed to put forth ideas and eventually policies as a way to make sure Iowa City remains open and welcoming to foreign nationals. A few council members have gone so far as to open discussions about designating Iowa City as a “sanctuary city” or one that does not assist federal enforcement officers with their efforts to enforce immigration laws. Not all of the council members support this idea, but the general consensus has been that the city’s police department should not be used by federal officials to enforce immigration laws. The council has pledged to draft a resolution outlining its official policy in the coming months.
Georgia’s State Court Offers Tremendous Benefit to Undocumented Students
The Georgia State Court just ruled that undocumented foreign national students who are the recipients of President Obama’s DACA program may qualify to pay in-state tuition this year. The President’s DACA program provided eligible foreign nationals with temporary employment authorization and temporary suspension of any deportation proceedings that had been initiated for the foreign nationals. The case arose after 10 DACA students sued the Fulton County Superior Court in order to qualify for in-state tuition. By way of background, out-of-state tuition rates to attend Georgia schools are approximately three times the in-state tuition rates.