Looking for another way to shield the estimated 750,000 illegal immigrant youth who were temporarily protected from deportation by Obama’s 2012 executive order, a group of House Democrats recently came up with another proposal – they want Obama to pardon them.
California Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard sand she and other lawmakers sent a letter to Obama on Thursday, asking him to pardon the illegals before Trump takes office in January.
“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,” she said at a news conference.
The young immigrants, who were brought to the country illegally as children, have been referred to as the “Dreamers.” When they applied for deportation protection under Obama’s executive order in 2012, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” they had to submit their fingerprints and relative’s home addresses.
In return, they received Social Security cards, and two-year work permits that could be renewed.
Now the Democrats are worried that the information the Dreamers provided will be used to hunt them down and deport them, and want Obama to officially pardon them, reports Bloomberg.
However, White House officials have said that’s impossible, as a president does not have the power to give legal status to an illegal alien. Only congress has the authority to pass such a resolution, the official said.
Another California Democrat who signed the letter, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, claimed that she and other lawmakers have had “private conversations” with the Obama administration about the possible pardons, Bloomberg reported.
The DACA program allowed illegal aliens who were 31 years old or under, who had been in the country for at least five years and had completed college or were attending college to get work permits.
Later, Obama tried to extend the program to shield approximately 3.6 million illegal parents of American-born children (parents of anchor babies) from deportations, but a lawsuit is currently blocking that action.
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