Following requests by advocates for President Barack Obama to issue executive action regarding the immigration crisis in the U.S., the White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups.
According to the Washington Post, President Obama is allegedly preparing to announce executive action that may stop deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants, including nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors who have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 2013.
Immigration advocates and business leaders provided White House officials with a number of potential options for executive action, should the president choose to act on his own. The Washington Post reported that these possible solutions include increasing the number of employment- and family-based green cards available to approximately 800,000 per year, up from the current global cap of 366,000.
“We believe that the theme for the package of changes you undertake administratively should be focused on opening the legal immigration system for more to benefit,” a coalition of businesses and immigrant rights groups led by Bruce Morrison, a former congressman from Connecticut, wrote in a letter to the White House.
President Obama is expected to take action by the end of summer and attended 20 meetings in the last two months, the source reported. White House spokesman Shawn Turner said the president wants to consider all perspectives before he makes a final decision.
Many Republicans are against the idea of increasing the number of immigrants who are allowed to enter the country each year as well as suggested solutions on what to do with the undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. According to the Washington Post, opponents of reform include many Republicans who believe that immigrants harm the U.S. economy.
“The increases in foreign workers demanded by corporate lobbyists would be in addition to the administration’s plan to implement amnesty by executive fiat, providing work permits to 5 to 6 million illegal immigrants and visa overstays who will be able to take any job in any industry, public or private,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told the Washington Post.[we’re not supposed to use the term illegal immigrant in this feed, so please choose a different quote or summarize this quote instead. in addition, i would recommend not puting something negative so near the bottom of the article – we want to end on a positive note]
Compete America’s Executive Director Scott Corley told the Washington Post that the president has options for short-term immigration reform that stay within his authoritative limits.