Advocates press Obama to act on immigration
WASHINGTON - Advocates are frustrated with the failure of House Republicans to tackle immigration. Increasingly, their focus is on President Barack Obama.
The outside groups are demanding that Obama use his powers as chief executive to stop deportations or provide some relief to many of the 11 million immigrants living here illegally.
Obama insists that the nation's laws limit his ability to act unilaterally. However, his administration acted on its own last year to suspend deportations of some immigrants brought illegally into the country as children. More recently, the administration decided some relatives of U.S. service members living here illegally could remain.
According to internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement data, Obama's Homeland Security Department has deported a record 1.47 million people in the president's nearly five years in office.