Friday, November 18, 2016

Trump Can Implement Campaign Immigration Pledges On His Own ... But Will He?

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, he will assume broad power over enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, such that he could dramatically reshape immigration policy on his own.
As The National Immigration Law Center, a nonprofit advancing rights for low-income immigrants, explains, the president has plenary authority to enforce immigration laws and manage agency priorities. As chief executive, he may prioritize resources to meet policy goals, and set the prosecutorial direction of agents on the ground — that is, he may identify which classes of illegal immigrants should be investigated, arrested, and prosecuted.
Accordingly, here are campaign pledges Trump could implement on his own authority to reform the Obama administration’s immigration regime.
Repealing the DACA Order
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security directive issued in 2014 expanded a program that allowed individuals who immigrated illegally to the United States as children to obtain work permits and renewable two-year deferrals from deportation. The 2014 directive expanded this program, allowing the parents of such individuals to obtain work permits. It also increased the deferral period from two years to three.
Read the rest of this op-ed HERE.

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