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Immigration Is Absolutely an Urban Issue

Why do we write so much about immigration? Because it’s immigrants who will build and live in our cities of the future.
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As early as next week, the U.S. Supreme Court could come out with a ruling on the legality and scope of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration in the case of United States v. Texas. If the justices rule in favor of the government, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs will get a green light. That means four million eligible undocumented immigrants will be allowed to legally stay and work in the U.S temporarily. 

There’s no question that the SCOTUS decision is newsworthy, but does it deserve coverage here on CityLab? That’s a polite version of the question we often get—usually through reader comments on stories we’ve published about city-, state-, and national-level immigration policies. Let me explain exactly why immigration is absolutely an urban issue.