In June, Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano announced the Obama administration’s “deferred-action” policy for children who were brought to the country illegally but are a low priority for law enforcement because they are not considered a security risk. On Tuesday, President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden met with three such persons in the White House.
CNS news reports that Mr. Obama met with eight advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, three of whom were still in the country as a result of the deferred-action policy.
“At the meeting, the president reiterated his commitment to passing a bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform bill this year. … He made clear that while the current bill is not perfect, it does represent an important step towards the broad principles that need to be part of any immigration reform package,” a White House statement said.
“The President and the Vice President were moved by the stories of courage and determination of these young immigrants and their families,” the statement continued.
According to CNS news, the deferred-action policy is “projected to affect at least 800,000 illegal aliens in the United States.”