The Hill: White House Eyes Limits of Immigration Power

The Hill reports that top administration officials are trying to determine how far President Obama can act on immigration reform through executive action while remaining on the right side of the law. Experts suggest Obama has significant latitude to act, though there are some concrete limits to his “prosecutorial discretion,” which allows the government to prioritize which cases it wants to pursue. Among the least legally contentious of the President’s potential actions would be to issue a memo instructing prosecutors to focus their efforts only on individuals with ties to organized crime or convicted of serious criminal offenses. Currently, the administration prioritizes the removal of anyone with a criminal conviction — which could include minor offenses, including immigration status crimes.

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