Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, Demo­crat House

The Freeman - - OPINION -

Last week we ob­served how con­se­quen­tial the midterms elec­tions were as far as the bal­ance of US po­lit­i­cal power is con­cerned. As what was ex­pected, the Democrats gained the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives while the Repub­li­cans main­tained its con­trol of ma­jor­ity in the US Se­nate. With a Repub­li­can pres­i­dent and a di­vided US Con­gress, it is very in­ter­est­ing to see how vi­tal pieces of leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties would move for­ward in the next two years. With­out a doubt, who­ever wins the White House and Con­gress in the next elec­tion come 2020 would be de­ter­mined by the achieve­ments, or lack thereof, of the in­com­ing set of leg­is­la­tors as they work with Pres­i­dent Trump.

As an op­ti­mist, I fully ex­pect that the Demo­crat House would in­tro­duce laws that seek more pro­tec­tion for un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants, asylees, refugees, and Dream­ers. As a realist, with a Repub­li­can Se­nate and with a sit­ting pres­i­dent whose im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies are stricter, harsher, and with no sign of ever tem­per­ing down, there stands a lit­tle chance that some­thing mean­ing­ful comes out in terms of im­mi­gra­tion re­forms. It would take a full dose of lead­er­ship and ne­go­ti­at­ing skills by both sides in or­der to pass even just a mi­nor im­mi­gra­tion bill. We will see what hap­pens in the next two years as far as im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion is con­cerned.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, a day af­ter the elec­tions, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions re­signed at the re­quest of Pres­i­dent Trump. Dur­ing his ten­ure of more than a year as head of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice, Ses­sions in­sti­tuted poli­cies and pro­grams that were viewed to be an­ti­im­mi­grant. Who­ever re­places him would be closely watched by both sides of the im­mi­gra­tion de­bate if he con­tin­ues Ses­sion’s tough ap­proach.

This col­umn is not a sub­sti­tute for pro­fes­sional le­gal ad­vice ob­tained from a US-li­censed im­mi­gra­tion at­tor­ney. The in­for­ma­tion con­tained herein does not con­sti­tute a war­ranty or guar­an­tee or le­gal ad­vice re­gard­ing a reader’s spe­cific im­mi­gra­tion case. No at­tor­ney-client re­la­tion­ship is and shall be es­tab­lished with any reader.

For any ques­tions, com­ments and ob­ser­va­tions, please con­tact Atty. Marco To­makin at

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