President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with three people at the White House Tuesday who are in the country illegally but received “deferred action” that allowed them to stay in the country under a memorandum issued by administration unilaterally last June in a memorandum issued by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
While conceding that she had no legal authority to change the “immigration status” of illegal aliens or provide them with a “pathway to citizenship,” Naoplitano said in a June 15, 2012 memo to the top officials at Customs and Border Patrol, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, that she was directing them to use “prosecutorial discretion” in not enforcing the immigration laws against certain classes of immigration lawbreakers.
In all, Obama and Biden met with eight people advocating for comprehensive immigration reform on Tuesday, according to White House readout of the meeting. The White House readout of the meeting listed three of those as having received “deferred action.” Most others were legally in the United States with relatives who were illegal aliens.
“At the meeting, the president reiterated his commitment to passing a bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform bill this year,” the White House readout of the meeting said. “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.”
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a reform bill to the full Senate. Supporters of the legislation call it a “pathway to citizenship.” Opponents call it “amnesty.”
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