President Barack Obama will hold an executive amnesty town hall meeting with MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart in Miami on Wednesday.
Diaz-Balart announced the town hall meeting, which will be held at Florida International University, during his Friday show. He said the White House asked him to host the event a week after a federal judge issued an injunction against Obama’s executive amnesty because of Diaz-Balart’s “unique cross-platform reach.” Diaz-Balart is also a host on Spanish-language Telemundo, and the town hall will air in primetime on MSNBC and Telemundo at 8 p.m. EST.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday that it will be a “tremendous opportunity” for Obama “to continue to make the case to the American public and in particular the Hispanic community all across the country” that executive amnesty “continues to be a priority for him.”
Earnest said that the White House is determined to stand up for Obama’s right to use his executive authority, but he pointed out that “what’s not on hold is the prosecutorial discretion that is being exercised” on immigration enforcement. Federal Judge Andrew Hanen, who issued the injunction this week, noted in his opinion that given the Obama administration’s enforcement priorities, “there is no reason to believe” that illegal immigrants waiting to apply for executive amnesty will be deported any time soon.