Two weeks ago President Obama issued a statement calling for changes to the deportation practices of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In that statement, that was acknowledged by DHS, Obama sought to make the deportation practices more “humane” by ensuring that those without criminal records and family ties in the United States may be able to halt their deportation.
However, this is nothing more than a statement by Obama and DHS to “look into” how to address making the deportation process more humane. What we really need is action not an examination of the process. Obama, DHS and the rest of the government (hopefully Congress can act at some point) need to create a plan that allows for those without criminal records and strong family ties in the United States to have their deportation halted, delayed or prevented altogether. If Congress cannot pass immigration reform soon, the President needs to act using his pen and phone to reform our broken immigration system, as he promised in this year’s State of the Union address.