A Democrat from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who attended a private White House meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday said Obama told the group to expect “major actions” to unilaterally change the country’s immigration laws.
On MSNBC’s Thursday’s Jose Diaz-Balart show, Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) said Obama made it clear that “now is the time for the president to act,” since Congress did not pass amnesty legislation.
Cardenas said he would like to see Obama “go ahead to give some kind of status” to most of the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants who are here. He said there are plenty of categories where Obama can give temporary status to 500,000 to a million illegal immigrants.
According to Cardenas, Obama said during the meeting that he wanted to expedite the deportations for some but ensure that children who are looking for asylum can make their case, so they can get “temporary or permanent status here in the United States.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus reportedly wants Obama to ease deportations for illegal immigrants in the country while ensuring that illegal immigrant children from Central America get more due process.