Pro-Immigration Groups Ask Obama to Hold on Enforcement Review
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Posted by: Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A constellation
of pro-immigration-reform groups sent a letter
to President Obama urging that potential administrative actions relating to
immigration enforcement be delayed until after the summer, so as not to negatively
impact the summer legislative window for potential House action.
Obama has threatened to use administrative
actions to solve the immigration problem if Congress did not act.
Many close to the immigration reform effort believe that
there is a narrow window in June and July for a bill to pass the House after
the primary season ends this spring and before the mid-term elections get into
full swing this fall.
News broke last week that Obama has acted accordingly. The
President directed the secretary of Homeland Security to delay until after the
summer a deportation enforcement review that officials feared would anger House
Republicans and doom any lingering hopes for an immigration overhaul in
Congress this year, officials said.
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of
Homeland Security, has spent the last two months searching for ways that the
president could legally shield some of the 11 million immigrants in the country
illegally from deportation. Among the ideas was new guidance for law
enforcement officers to focus on people who have committed serious crimes or
who are caught on the border.
immigration activists have demanded that the president take even bolder actions
to reduce deportations. But senior White House officials said the president was
worried that any action would be viewed by House Republicans as an abuse of
executive power and would fuel the already intense opposition to a more
long-lasting solution to the country’s immigration problems.