Immigration advocates want action from Obama

Following a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, President Barack Obama returned to Washington, D.C. Now that he’s back in the nation’s capital, immigration advocates from around the country are calling for him to issue executive action to address the country’s immigration crisis.

President Obama announced in June that he planned to take action on the matter before the end of summer, and now that the season is almost over, supporters of immigration reform want him to make a move.

According to The Hill, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement on Aug. 22 that he did not know if the president had discussed the issue with his cabinet members.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva​, D-Ariz., told the source that he believes there will likely be additional discussion [of what?] among members of Congress, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He added that nothing of the sort was scheduled before Congress left for its August break.

“I think the president’s going to take action on all those levels,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez​, D-Ill., told The Hill. “He’s going to take broad, expansive action that the law allows him to take.”

Depending on the decision of President Obama, as many as 4 or 5 million immigrants could be affected, the source reported. Gutiérrez said he thinks President Obama may expand the 2012 deferred deportation program and also let up on immigration restrictions that are hurting those who work for farmers and other businesses.

Technology companies are encouraging President Obama to increase the number of visas available so they can continue to recruit highly skilled immigrants from overseas. Members of the Obama administration recently met with business leaders to discuss this topic, although a final resolution has not been announced.

President Obama will be back in Washington, D.C., for one week. According to The Hill, he will visit Estonia and Wales in early September to meet with allies to discuss the conflict with Russia. The White House did not say if the president would make an announcement about immigration reform before he left.