President Barack Obama is expected to renew his push for immigration reform during his State of the Union address tonight, but a group of more than 30 House Democrats led by Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona say that isn’t enough. They want him to use his executive powers to suspend deportations until Congress passes immigration legislation.
The lawmakers are upset that Obama’s administration continues to deport hundreds of thousands of immigrants every year, including many who might qualify to remain in the country legally if Congress passed a bill that included a legalization program.
Until a bill is passed, the lawmakers are asking Obama to suspend the deportation of non-criminal immigrants who would qualify for legalization and later citizenship under the bipartisan immigration-reform bill passed by the Senate in June.
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