President Barack Obama has deported more than 2.5 million people, this is more than any president and the same number as were deported in the entire 20th century. However, Obama’s recent efforts to help those against the United States strict immigration laws is the deportation deferral program. This program would excuse the deportation of parents of American citizens and residents and keep many families together. Unfortunately, the program was recently deadlocked by congress due to abuse of power, putting Obama’s highly praised efforts to an end. However, although things might seem not in Obama’s favor in terms of reform, there are loopholes Obama can use to help the parents and relatives of United States citizens by using his power to pardon them. Similar to what Jimmy Carter did by pardoning 500,000 men from avoiding military service, Obama can technically excuse the millions of people under attack by the countries immigration laws. According to the constitution, the Presidents power to pardon is eligible not only for an exemption of crime, but to excuse any offense towards the United States, and also stating that congress has no power to interfere with a presidents pardon; effectively making this an ideal choice for Obamas goal to help family members that would otherwise be deported. The President still has time in his term to issue a pardon, as it would take affect immediately, but many speculate that it would cause havoc among congress despite their inability to interfere, and cause an uproar to some in the population.
History Connection: This article relates to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Law, where children arriving illegally are established temporary exemption against deportation. Similar to this recent law, many illegal immigrants as parents of U.S citizens are in danger of deportation and being torn from their families. Hopefully, through Obama’s actions and future presidents, immigration reform will be successful and there will be a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Why do you think Obama hasn’t issued a pardon for the millions of illegal immigrants? These exemptions all seem reasonable to me, since these illegal immigrants are not criminals, but why do you think congress is giving Barack Obama such a hard time? Would deportation of all these people affect the United States economy?