Immigration reform: If Obama moves on his own, how big a political risk?

Adcocates rally for immigrant rights in Dallas

Christian Science Monitor, 4/21/14

President Obama has long insisted he does not have the power to waive deportations of illegal immigrants on his own.  Put under pressure from political allies, Mr. Obama may be headed for some changes of immigration policy via the Department of Homeland Security. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson is considering limiting deportations of undocumented immigrants who do not have serious criminal records, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Obama set the stage for the reported recommendations last month, when he ordered Secretary Johnson to review how current immigration law is implemented, with an eye toward conducting enforcement “more humanely,” as the White House put it.

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