Last week, President Obama directed his Homeland Security Department to examine its current deportation practices — “to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely, within the confines of the law,” the White House announced on March 13.
But with immigration reform stalled in Congress, what more can Obama do?
“I think he’s going to wait until August,” said Telemundo anchor and immigration-reform advocate José Díaz-Balart. And if Congress doesn’t act on immigration reform by then, “I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts making some very controversial executive orders to mitigate the pain of millions of people who face deportation,” Díaz-Balart told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday.
Díaz-Balart suggested that Obama could scrap a Homeland Security program called Secure Communities, which allows state and local police to check the immigration status of people they detain for other reasons.
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