Immigration issues are quite the political firebrand these days. First Obama's bold policy announcement that undocumented immigrants brought into the US as children will be exempt from deportation for two years and able to get work authorization. Now the US Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law…a split decision that upheld the critical "show me your papers" provision.
Sixty four percent of Likely voters surveyed after Obama's June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent disagreed. Personally I think this policy is a slap in the face to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are in this country legally, as well as other American citizens who are vying for the limited number of jobs available in our current economy. As for the Supreme Court's decision, both sides are claiming some form of victory, but the good news for South Carolinians is that our state's immigration law will now be argued in the 4 Circuit Court of appeals with the cornerstone "show me your papers" provision upheld.
Both of these announcements will be spun politically in coming months to woo Hispanic voters who represent our country's largest ethnic minority, but this is an important national and states' rights issue that shouldn't be decided based on political gain.