The former head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano indicated today that she would support President Obama's executive actions on immigration if comprehensive immigration reform cannot be passed by Congress. She told the Washington Post, “If Congress refuses to act and perform its duties, then I think it’s appropriate for the executive to step in and use his authorities based on law . . . to take action in the immigration arena.’’
Napolitano bases this decision on the "successful 2012 push to delay deportation of many young immigrants." In a speech to be given today at the University of Georgia law school, Napolitano describes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as "a good petri dish on how you would set (executive action) up, the budget stuff, and all those nuts and bolts."
She did, however, decline to detail what executive actions she believes President Obama should make without Congressional approval.
Read more of her interview in the Washington Post.
Updated: Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 4:38pm EDT