In an early August press conference President Barack Obama highlighted the need for immigration reform. “We have a broken system; it’s under-resourced and we’ve got to make choices in terms of how we allocate personnel and resources,” Obama said. “My preference would be an actual comprehensive immigration law. And we already have a bipartisan law that would solve a whole bunch of these problems. Until that happens, I’m going to have to make choice. That’s what I was elected to do,” he added.
CBS News reports that White House lawyers are preparing a defense for Obama to take action without Congressional approval.
The lawyers are expected to argue that Congress has left the administration with too few resources to enforce every law and deport all of the roughly 11.5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. That forces the government to prioritize which immigrants to remove from the country.
Today’s Question: Should Pres. Obama act alone on immigration?