Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hopes President Obama will review possible administrative actions to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants now that reform legislation has stalled in Congress.
“I would hope that administratively, the president will do what he can to take a look at deportations, but he is being burdened by the law as it exists, and we need to change it,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
In 2012, Obama announced that the administration would halt the deportation of young adults in the U.S. illegally who met certain criteria through prosecutorial prioritization. Immigration activists and some Democrats have suggested the president could expand that deferred action program to allow more illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.
The president has repeatedly said his power to stop deportations is limited.