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President promises to mull over deportation policy

The President is currently facing pressure to review his deportation policy after facing pressure from immigration advocates. Many immigration advocates are concerned about the rising number of deportations over the recent years, and this trend may also cause considerable worry amongst Illinois families who have relatives that could face deportation.

Although the President has taken steps to curb the number of deportations, his administration has overseen the removal of almost 2 million undocumented immigrants. This is many, many more deportations than those overseen by the most recent Bush Administration.

Some experts argue that the President could do more to stop deportations, citing the fact that as chief executive, he has the authority to decide when and how to enforce this country's immigration laws. Some have even suggested that, in theory, the President could just decline to deport immigrants at all.

However, others have noted that Congress sets a budget for deportations, and the President must use those federal funds for their intended purpose. For his part, the President points to the fact that many of his policies, such as "deferred action," have served to limit the number of immigrants deported when those people are not a threat to civil society or national security. The President has suggested that Congress will need to spearhead immigration reform at this juncture, but Congress has been unable to reach any kind of agreement.

Whether the President will choose to use his power as chief executive to act without the support of Congress remains to be seen. Until then, immigrants in Chicago, Illinois may want to consider consulting with an immigration attorney if they are facing thorny immigration issues or possible deportation. An attorney may be familiar with the best options available to immigrants and be able to come up with a good solution.

Source: New Republic, "Obama will review deportations. Here's what he can do to stop them," Nora Caplan-Bricker, Mar.17, 2014

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