During an online video chat on Wednesday, White House Domestic Policy Advisor Cecilia Munoz said that the Obama Administration will renew deferred action for illegal aliens who arrived in the United States as children when they expire after the initial two year period:
As long as this president is president… you’re going to be able to renew your deferred action.
President's Obama's executive amnesty program for young illegal aliens has given work permits and legal status to 567,563 illegal aliens between the ages of 15 and 31. Only 21,162 of illegal aliens who applied have been denied access to the program.
The president's executive amnesty program was announced by the president in a Rose Garden speech in June 2012 and the first applicants will have their temporary residency expire in the summer of 2014. This announcement means that their temporary legal status will be renewed by the president's administration.
Many House Republicans are refusing to move on immigration because of President Obama's refusal to enforce immigration laws and his granting executive amnesty to illegal aliens. This move may make it more difficult for amnesty-minded Representatives to push through legislation before next year's elections.
Munoz, however, says that the president has nothing to do with the amnesty he announced: "The president doesn’t have the authority to suspend deportations.... That was a action by the Department of Homeland Security, and it was a use of its enforcement authority."
Vice President Joe Biden also answered questions during the forum and made it clear that relatives of the DREAMers would not be deported:
You’re not going to have to worry about anything. And your parents are not going to have to worry about getting deported.
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Updated: Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 3:58pm EDT