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Portillo on how Supreme Court's immigration ruling will affect local governments

Monday, June 27, 2016

Professor Shannon Portillo wrote for NBC News in the article, "Latino Political Pulse: Will Immigration Frustration Impact 2016 Vote?" Here's an excerpt:

"Much of the discussion of the Supreme Court's ruling in USA v. Texas has focused on administrative action at the federal level. As President Obama notes, this decision is 'heartbreaking'' for millions, since it means so many will go without legal recognition in communities across our nation. But, regardless of immigration status, most community members' interactions with government happen at the local level.....

"By denying millions of potential Americans legal recognition we encourage many families to hide in the shadows, scared to engage with local governments and local communities that we know thrive from strong community ties. As we continue to discuss how this decision will impact the upcoming presidential election, it is important to remember that many local and state elections will take place this coming November (and throughout the year). Immigration is not just an election issue at the federal level, but also down the ticket."

Read the full article here.



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