Immigration supporters optimistic after interim results

Proponents of immigration measure the success during Tuesday's interim elections of the capitals of the state to Washington, DC, not only by who won, but also by whom it lost.

"We saw these patterns repeating from Maine to California, where anti-immigrant state leaders were rejected in favor of legislators promoting a more inclusive vision of our country," says Kamal Essaheb, director of policy and advocacy at the National Immigration Law Center, during a telephone conversation with media Wednesday.

Republican Eddie Smith from Tennessee, who had voted to block in-state tuition for undocumented students, lost to Democrat Gloria Johnson, a supporter of tuition equality, for a seat in the House of Representatives of the state.

FILE – Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers speaks at a demonstration in Milwaukee, October 26, 2018.

In Wisconsin, the Republican Government Scott Walker lost a bid for a third term for Democrat Tony Evers. In recent years Walker has shifted from supporting extensive immigration reforms to a platform he described in 2015 as anti-immigration because I listened & # 39; to the audience.

Kris Kobach, reportedly the dominant voice behind several anti-immigrant plans on President Donald Trump's agenda, lost the race for the governor of Kansas. Democrat Abigail Spanberger defeated representative Dave Brat of Virginia, who also joined Trump's immigration actions on the need for a border wall and travel bans.

FILE - Seventh district candidate from Abigail Spanberger speaks at a meeting in Richmond, Va., November 5, 2018.

FILE – Seventh district candidate from Abigail Spanberger speaks at a meeting in Richmond, Va., November 5, 2018.

And in Oregon voters rejected a measure to abolish the state's immigrant law of law – a decades-old law that was the first of its kind in the country.

"We put the anti-immigrant movement on their tracks," said Andrea Williams, executive director of Causa Oregon, an immigrant rights organization, during a call with reporters on Wednesday. "At a time when Oregon was seen for the entire nation to see, we voted our values ​​and voted on a law that has worked well for our state for many decades."

Democrats – largely favorable to pro-immigration legislation compared to their Republican counterparts – won sufficient seats in the US House of Representatives to block further attempts by Congress to support Trump's efforts to limit immigration. David Bier, analyst at the immigration policy of the Libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, called Tuesday's result the most pro-immigration home of deputies in more than a century & # 39 ;.

Republicans still retain control over the US Senate. The House itself can not pass on substantial immigration legislation, but it can happen that the Trump administration approves anti-immigration legislation.

Polls show that most Americans do not have anti-immigration. More than at any other time since 1965 – when the US revised immigration laws – Americans prefer to raise immigration from the current level, or at least maintain the status quo, according to opinion polls from Gallup earlier this year.

In addition to pessimism for those who want to curb immigration, the ruling is confirmed by a court of appeal that blocks the Trump government on Thursday against the Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants who have been deported to the United States as children .

The decision of a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals means that a national order that allows the delayed action program for delayed childcare (DACA) actions remains in force.

The verdict came just after the Wednesday night announcement that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions would resign.

Mark Krikorian, head of the Center for Immigration Studies, who prefers lower immigration numbers, tweeted: "Even with a Republican House nothing has happened, and that will just continue for the next 2 years." But with Session's way, there will not be much to be noted also be done administratively. & # 39;

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