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Highlands Today
November 1, 2015

Opinions vary on legacy of ground-breaking immigration act
By Paul Catala

According to a May 17 Los Angeles Times May report, the federal immigration courts reached an all-time high for caseloads with more than 445,000 pending cases of illegal immigration. Citing the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, as of April, the backlog hit 445,706, a nearly 30 percent increase since Oct. 1, 2013. Statistics like these are what keeps people like Jack Nelson doing what they can to make sure the immigration laws are upheld. Nelson, who is the president of the Highlands County Tea Party, said his Irish great-grandfather, Frank Nelson, came through Ellis Island in the late 1880s. From 1880 to 1960, 34 million Europeans and 1 million Asians came to America, he said. He said prior to 1965, the U.S. could “chose” who could come in but that policy has been dismantled, and people are coming in without any background checks.

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