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Pro-Immigration Groups Ask Obama to Hold on Enforcement Review

Wednesday, May 28, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort
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Immigration ReformWASHINGTON, 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.

Some 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.

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