President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security admitted that the Obama administration is close to enacting executive actions to ease deportations for even more groups of illegal immigrants, which could actually undercut the chances that Congress will pass sweeping amnesty legislation this year.
Speaking to PBS’ Judy Woodruff on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, said that the Obama administration is “evaluating our current enforcement priorities” and “evaluating potential revisions to our policies.” He said the administration is looking to possibly extend the Deferred Action program to more illegal immigrants. Currently, that program allows illegal immigrants who are under the age of 30, came to the country before they were 16, and meet various other requirements to get temporary amnesty and work permits.
Johnson also said that he is taking a “fresh look” at the “very controversial” Secure Communities program which states like California have decided to no longer be a part of. The Secure Communities program, which the Obama administration enacted in 2010, requires local officials to transfer illegal immigrants arrested for crimes to federal authorities for deportation.
He also said that the potential for “homegrown terrorist attacks is something we have to be very concerned about” and cited the Boston Marathon bombers. But he did not mention that students linked to the bombers were illegally in the country after overstaying their student visas.
As Woodruff noted to Johnson, pro-amnesty advocates have been calling Obama the “deporter in chief” to pressure him to loosen deportation laws, even though, as Breitbart News has reported, that notion has been debunked by such conservatives as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and mainstream media outlets like the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Even Janet Napolitano, Johnson’s predecessor who ushered in the Secure Communities program, has also debunked that assertion.
In addition, as Breitbart News reported Monday, a Center for Immigration Studies report found that the Obama administration released 36,007 immigrants in 2013, many of whom were not deported, even though they were convicted of crimes, including homicide and sexual assault.