Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14032850 (posted Oct. 30, 2014)"
On March 13, 2014 President Obama called for a review of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) enforcement practices. Given Congress’s inability to the move forward on much-needed and long-overdue legislative reforms, AILA encourages the President to act boldly and swiftly through administrative action on immigration policies to provide much needed relief to families and businesses across the country.
Though a legislative solution is far preferable, in the absence of legislation it is imperative that DHS act, within the bounds of its executive authority, to address three major problem areas in the immigration system: enforcement reform, affirmative relief from deportation, and immigration adjudications.
On September 7, the President announced that he would be delaying any announcement on executive action until after the November midterm elections. AILA President Leslie Holman reacted: "Through this decision to delay, President Obama has broken yet another promise to immigrants, their families, U.S. businesses, and a community largely responsible for his even having a second term. This President, who has deported more people in 5 years than any other, who has doubled down on the jailing of women and children, who has tried to gut the protections we have for trafficked children, who has failed to curb the unjustified denial of legitimate business applications or provide promised incentives to encourage entrepreneurship, has now joined the House of Representatives in profound failure regarding our immigration system." (AILA Doc. No. 14090640.)
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