The Hispanic community and its friends in the Lowcountry of South Carolina are disappointed by the recent 2 to 1 decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding President Obama's policy to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as Dreamers, and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
This decision from the most conservative appeals court in the nation was not a surprise. Its decision continues the broken immigration system in our country, even though polls show that more than 60 percent of Americans believe that immigration reform should be enacted, including an eventual path to citizenship. Notwithstanding this level of support, certain individuals push for even more egregious actions against people who have come here for the same reason that all immigrants have -- for an opportunity to achieve the American dream.
The current immigrant population in the nation and the Lowcountry work hard every day to provide food, shelter and clothing for themselves and their often American-born children. They build our houses, landscape our golf courses, cook in our restaurants, watch over our children, go to our churches and, yes, pay a lot of taxes.
Congress, including the new House speaker, refuses to move on immigration reform, for bogus reasons. The president took action well within the executive authority that many presidents before him have legally taken.
A hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court is the next battlefield, and we hope this time for a positive outcome. The fight goes on.
George A. Kanuck