Obama May Cut Deportations

Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2014

The White House is considering two central requirements in deciding which of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would gain protections through an expected executive action: a minimum length of time in the U.S., and a person’s family ties to others in the country, said people familiar with the administration’s thinking.

Those requirements, depending on how broadly they are drawn, could offer protection to between one million and four million people in the country illegally.


Mr. Obama, who has been criticized by immigrant-rights advocates for the delay, wants to grant new protections–such as safe harbor from deportation and work permits–to many people who are in the U.S. illegally but have significant ties to the country, said three people familiar with White House thinking.

Such protections would be temporary since the president lacks authority to give people permanent legal status.

One person said officials are leaning toward granting protections to people in the country illegally for 10 years and who meet other criteria, though that could be broadened to include more recent arrivals.

Parents of U.S. citizens are likely to qualify, people familiar with discussions said, as long as they meet other criteria. But it is unclear whether the policy would include parents of so-called Dreamers–people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and who were given a temporary legal status in 2012.

Also unclear is whether other family ties, such as being married to a U.S. citizen, would qualify somebody for new protections. Illegal immigrants cannot win legal status by marriage unless they return to their home country for a period of years.

The answers to those questions will determine whether up to four million people or as few as just over one million gain protections, according to estimates prepared by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, which the White House has consulted.

White House spokeswoman Katherine Vargas said the president hasn’t made a decision or even received recommendations from his cabinet secretaries. “It is premature to speculate about the specific details,” she said. Still, a mid-December announcement of the change is expected by many immigration experts.


White House officials also are considering allowing more young people into the 2012 “Dreamer’’ program that grants temporary legal status and work permits to those who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, according to two people familiar with discussions. Some 580,000 people were enrolled in the program as of June.


One person people familiar with the process said the White House is trying to craft a plan that survives Mr. Obama’s presidency and isn’t so unpopular that a future Republican president could easily reverse it. “It has to be politically sustainable,” this person said.


The White House also is expected to change criteria used in deciding who is a priority for deportation. It may, for instance, say a traffic violation doesn’t make someone a priority, though other convictions do. The legal rationale is that the administration lacks the capacity to deport all illegal immigrants and has discretion to set priorities.

Other changes are expected to benefit businesses that use large numbers of legal immigrants, such as technology companies. One change under consideration would “recapture” unused visas from previous years in order to make more visas available to such companies, according to one person familiar with the deliberations. This person said that a second change that companies have requested–changing the way visas are counted so that a family unit counts as only one spot toward the limit–is less likely.

This person said the administration is also considering a change that would make it easier for foreign students to stay in the U.S. after graduation while they await employment-based visas.


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  • MekongDelta69

    What the headline reads:
    “Obama May Cut Deportations”

    What the headline should read:
    “Obama Will Cut Deportations”

    • Negative deportations? I thought they were already implementing that policy.

      • mikekingjr

        They accomplish “negative deportations”, at least partially, by understating illegal importations.

    • Rainer

      “Cut Deportations”? Is that usual English. Wouldn’t it normally say like
      – refuse to deport
      – order authorities to breach immigration laws
      They are borrowing right-wing terminology. The right often talks about tax cuts. The Wall Street journal makes deportations sound like taxes: something that gets worse everytime Congress meets and should better be cut.
      Instead of deportations, the president ought to cut immigration.

    • Magician

      “Obama Did Cut Deportations”

  • phillyguy

    I thought this fool resigned, when is he leaving the office so we don’t have to see or hear from him ever again.

    • anony

      Holder is resigning, alas, not Obama…yet.

      • Julius Caesar

        Yet? Obama most certainly won’t RESIGN. Not by a long shot.

        • anony

          OK. He will be gone in two years.

          • mikekingjr

            Too long.

          • Cid Campeador

            Don’t count on it. We are approaching total chaos. Martial Law will be declared and these special agencies like DHS and other SS like paramilitary forces will come for us.

        • Valmont

          The Clintons took White House furniture when they moved out.
          Do you think Barack Hussein will want the keys to Air Force One?

          • mikekingjr

            Yes. Every former president deserves a bizjet. Gotta get around and make money, dont’cha know?

        • mikekingjr

          Extra Large Ego at work.

        • Cid Campeador

          I’m really starting to believe that there will be no more elections.
          We just sat around and watched while they stole our country.

  • anony

    The dissolution of the White majority in America continues apace.

    • benvad

      You can thank the most destructive family in America The Kennedys and their chief parasite Edward “Teddy” Kennedy.

      All of this havoc because 1 Irishman didn’t get respect from Boston Brahmins and was 8 balled from a bloody country club.

      That’s a good enough reason to destroy the United States of America, isn’t it??

      I can’t bear it anymore, so if you don’t I’ll excuse myself for now, I’ve some hemlock waiting for me in my dressing room.

      • Valmont

        Too bad Mary Jo wasn’t driving that night.

      • mikekingjr

        Please don’t drink it yet. WE still need You.

      • Hang in there benvad, at the very least, give the hemlock a few years and wait to see if theres a righteous revolution you can participate in. I really think its coming… im pessimistic as hell, always have been, and dont have much faith or pride in our people anymore… but lately i’ve really started to feel it, a change in the tide, however subtle … people ARE waking up.

        Its slow, and its painful, but hang in there a bit longer.

  • This coming from the same newspaper that thirty years ago this past July 4 called for an open borders Constitutional amendment and repeats that call from time to time.

    The day Obama signs whatever he signs, if it’s something sweeping and massive, the WSJ will celebrate.

  • dd121

    He’s cutting deportations and increasing importations by executive decree. This has been know to be happening for a long time. What are the repubs doing about it? Nothing.

    • Sparky

      The republicans actually want the same amnesty big O’ does but they want him to take the fall for it.

      • dd121

        I’m afraid you’re right.

      • mikekingjr

        Devious, aren’t they.

        • Cid Campeador

          But why would the Rs want that. They’re never going to get the “Diversity Vote”.

  • Sparky

    Oh what a great ball game the sleeper cell in the WH has going! I recently heard that bids are being taken now for the printing of millions of green cards for the illegals here now. That’s how sure O’ is of himself. No thanks to the traitors in the republican party and their coporate backers.

  • mobilebay

    So the longer you’ve broken the law by being here illegally, the better it is? Tell me, what laws can I break and get away with it?

    • mikekingjr

      Is zero still a number?

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      Anarcho-tyranny. Tyranny for you, anarchy for their pets.

    • Alexandra1973

      Something with a relatively short statute of limitations, I’d imagine.

      But then you’d have a higher Judge to give an account to…so ultimately, none.

  • Ograf

    Do we not have any branches of the government left except for the executive branch. How can this clown just do what he wants ? And doesn’t congress have the courage to impeach him?

    • Do we not have any branches of the government left except for the executive branch.

      Pretty much.

      And doesn’t congress have the courage to impeach him?

      The red team doesn’t have any self respect, and most of ’em have bought into the political calculation that blacks would rage and riot if they did, even if the grounds of impeachment were only on immigration. Blue team will defend their cult mulatto leader to the last. And why would John Boehner start impeachment proceedings against Obama for Obama doing something that John Boehner has wanted to do all along?

      How can this clown just do what he wants?

      Historically, democratic republics degenerate, power tends to gather around the center, and there is also the factor that Hunter Wallace calls “the cost of the union.” Obama runs around touting his “pen and phone,” what he really means by that is that he can do whatever the hell he wants because he controls the world’s most powerful military.

      Personally, when given a box of lemons, I look for a good lemonade recipe. Power accumulating around the President and Presidency and the Constitution in a persistent vegetative state may seem like lemons, but there are many people reading these words who have thought for a long time that the Constitution and democratic republicanism is bad for white people anyway. Their deaths and the birth pangs of the line of American emperors is actually a truck full of lemons being dumped into our lap that we can turn into world history’s best supply of lemonade. The question is, can we wean enough of our own people off this constitution libertarian cult to get them to realize it?

      Barack Obama’s pen and phone can be our pen and phone one day.

      • mikekingjr

        Eloquently stated, as per usual, Sir QD.

  • Luca

    Yes, let’s cut deportations. We really need more cop killers and rapists on the loose.

    • Sick of it

      And child killers…

  • me

    The continuing destruction by design, unchecked and unprosecuted, goes on. Meanwhile, in Liberia, the ebola continues to explode–and that monster Obolamuslime will put them at the top of the “immigrant” list.

  • George Costanza

    15-20yrs from now the South West is gonna explode into a third world Latin American satellite state, which most of southern California is already. Look on the bright side, North Korea almost has the nuke…

    • mikekingjr

      Look George, I live in NV, close to northern CA. Prevailing winds here are from southwest for part of the year. Please do not wish success for the DPRK. YOU might get what you wish for, but I will not.

  • mikekingjr

    Buzzwords: one unidentified person, one person familiar with the process, etc. I could copy and paste ad infinitum. Cowards, libtards, freaks of nature. I’m feeling quite ill. Please pardon me.

  • Garrett Brown

    “Such protections would be temporary since the president lacks authority to give people permanent legal status.”

    Now that’s funny. He could sign an executive order negating this theory and nothing would happen to him.

    • mikekingjr

      And probably will. The bastard.

  • Guest


    • Alexandra1973

      GOP=Democrat Lite.

      I for one am fed up with people who think GOP stands for God’s Own Party.

      • WR_the_realist

        A Republican is a Democrat delayed by 10 years. Give them 10 years, and they come around to the Democratic view on all social issues every time.

  • WR_the_realist

    Deportations are already close to zero. What’s left to cut? Maybe Obama plans on negative deportations, i.e., import illegal immigrants, register them to vote, and sign them up for the Democratic Party.

    • IstvanIN

      Cutting to Obama means increasing the number of illegals.

  • Fed Up

    How can Obama “cut” deportations any further? The liar doesn’t actually allow any deportations now.