President Barack Obama has ordered a delay in administration review of deportation policies until the end of the summer. The hope is that the House of Representatives will approve a larger immigration overhaul before then, since this may be the last opportunity for such action this year.
Administration officials say that, by delaying the review, Obama sought to remove any excuse for inaction in Congress. House Republicans are now in the place to decide whether or not the legislation will be brought to the House floor before Congress breaks for its annual recess at the end of the summer.
There has been much pressure on the White House from activists, urging the President to change deportation policy immediately. However, the President also received support from pro-immigration groups who urged him to wait until the legislative window has passed.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, National Immigration Forum, Service Employees International Union, Sojourners, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration issued the following statement:
"We strongly urge President Obama and his administration to allow for this process to take place before issuing administrative action. We believe the president should move cautiously and give the House leadership all of the space they may need to bring legislation to the floor for a vote."
The Associated Press was the first to report on this delay of deportation policies. More can be read in this article by the Wall Street Journal.
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