Throughout the presidential election, Donald Trump promised to take care of our illegal immigration problem. That’s why a panicked group of House Democrats called on Barack Obama this week to pardon around 750,000 young undocumented immigrants who are temporarily shielded from deportation under a 2012 executive order.
“By no fault of their own, these Americans are prisoners in their own country, living their daily lives, not knowing if they will be deported to another country,” said Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, a California Democrat. Other lawmakers who are active in immigration policy joined her in sending a letter to Obama with their request on Thursday.
However, Bloomberg reported that a White House official dismissed this idea Thursday evening, saying that the president’s pardon cannot confer legal status upon an undocumented immigrant and that only Congress can do so.
The immigrants involved in this, who are often referred to as “Dreamers,” gave Obama’s government information including fingerprints and relatives’ home addresses when they applied for protection under the president’s 2012 executive order, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In return, the program gave them renewable, two-year work permits and Social Security cards.
Democrats are now worried that this information could be used against the Dreamers in Donald Trump’s administration.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona to call for congress to take action to protect the Dreamers.
“There will be people timed out of it, so the issue will be forced upon us before long,” Flake said.
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