White House meets with big businesses to discuss immigration

Officials from the White House recently began talks with business leaders to discuss the immigration crisis and President Barack Obama’s possible use of executive action to address the issue. According to Politico, President Obama was going to use his authority to take executive action on delaying deportations for the country’s undocumented immigrants and to make changes to federal enforcement of immigration policies.

Leaders from businesses including Intel, Cisco and Accenture have played a major role in the immigration debate. The technology giants, including those in California’s Silicon Valley, have offered the government a range of options for fixing the broken immigration system. Politico reported that this has included recapturing unused green cards and making changes to current work authorization programs.

“The president has not made a decision regarding next steps, but he believes it’s important to understand and consider the full range of perspectives on potential solutions,” White House Spokesman Shawn Turner told Politico. “The meetings were in keeping with the president’s commitment to do whatever he can, within the constraints of the law, to address the immigration issue.”

Representatives from other businesses including Oracle, Microsoft as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also attended a meeting on Aug. 1. It was during that meeting that technology leaders raised issues about providing the spouses of immigrants who are in the U.S. on work visas with the ability to work and also on making changes for dual-purpose visa applications, according to the source.

President Obama hasn’t verified whether he will use executive action on immigration, mostly because the House of Representatives recently voted to bring a lawsuit against the president for overstepping his authority and using executive action in the past.

There has been no word on if and when President Obama and the White House will take action on immigration as the source suggested that timing for upcoming key Senate races in states such as Arkansas, North Carolina, Alaska and Louisiana.