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North Carolina leaders join others in immigration reform appeal

A recent amicus brief was filed in support of an appeal to overturn a preliminary injunction barring implementation of executive action order by President Obama with regard to undocumented immigrants in the United States. More than 70 county and city leaders, including some in North Carolina, added their names to a legal brief requesting that the court lift the injunction concerning the president's designated immigration reform policies. In adding their names to the brief, some have acted against the chosen platforms of their states.

Advocates of the recently filed brief say that they understand the need for limitations on executive authority and that the president must act within those limits. They further stated, however, that lawmakers must also recognize the necessity of executive discretion when it comes to enforcing the law. Leaders from Chapel Hill, North Carolina were among those who signed on to support the appeal.

Some say that allowing the executive actions to proceed would help immigrant families remain together, as well as protect public safety and boost the economies of the cities and counties where undocumented immigrants play a key role in the marketplace. Earlier in the year, approximately 26 states filed a lawsuit to halt the proposed executive actions, asserting that such action violates the constitution. Several of the cities listed in the recent amicus brief, including Chapel Hill, are acting in direct contradiction to the earlier lawsuit in which their states are named as plaintiffs.

The currently proposed programs surrounding immigration reform are obvious topics of controversy across the nation. Whether the president's executive orders are allowed to proceed remains to be seen. It is also not known what, if any, effects might result in the cities where leaders have gone against the legal position taken by their states in the appeal. Those interested or involved in immigration reform will want to keep abreast of the changes. It is typically prudent to seek legal advice when preparing to navigate the legal system regarding such issues.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Cities, Counties Ask Appeals Court To Let Obama Immigration Programs Move Forward", Elise Foley, April 6, 2015

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