Tuesday, February 4, 2014
David Nakamura of the Washington Post reports that new momentum in Congress for an overhaul of the immigration laws has prompted demand thats President Obama halt deportations of undocumented immigrants, many of whom would be eligible to remain in the country under a legislative deal. The advocates, including the AFL-CIO and pro-immigration groups, argue that the President should use his executive authority to expand a 2012 decision that halted deportations of young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
Here is a petition by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) to halt the deportations. The petition has generated exchanges of viewpoints on the Immprof listserve (a list of immigration law professors) on whether the petition moves the nation forward (or not) in obtaining passage of comprehensive immigration reform.