The political risks of using executive action on immigration

In the midst of the immigration crisis, President Barack Obama has acknowledged his consideration of using executive action that could lead to a delay in deportations for undocumented immigrants. According to MSNBC, there is a political firestorm that could result from such action and dramatically change the landscape of Congress following the midterm elections that will be held in November.

President Obama took executive action on immigration in 2012 when he helped thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, also known as DREAMers, remain in the country without the fear of being deported.

The source reported that if the same measure were to be taken this time around, then upwards of 8 million undocumented immigrants may be granted permission to stay in the country.

President Obama reportedly said that he has no choice in regards to immigration other than to do something himself because of Congress’ inability to draft and pass any legislation.

“While they’re out on vacation I’m going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress,” President Obama said in a statement.

Taking executive action may also lead to consequences for the White House. Republicans in the House of Representatives have already taken the necessary steps to sue President Obama for overstepping his authority and also took away his power in expanding or renewing Deferred Action for Children Arrivals.

Despite saying that the President has gone beyond his limitations as ruler of the free world, House Republicans then said that President Obama should act on his own if he wants something done about immigration.

There have already been 2 million deportations under the Obama Administration, MSNBC reported. While the U.S. only has the resources to deport 400,000 undocumented immigrants each year, the administration has also said that it doesn’t want to tear families apart anymore than what’s already been done.