President Obama finally bowed to pressure from immigration rights activists and signaled he may change his deportation policy, Politico reports. The president changed course after months of claiming there was nothing he could do to stem the flow of deportations of undocumented immigrants. Obama announced in a meeting readout that he has requested a review of his administration's enforcement policies for immigration laws to see if that enforcement can be done “more humanely within the confines of the law,” the White House said yesterday.
To immigrant rights activists, that is something of a victory. It means Obama is taking steps toward changing the administration's deportation policies, although the groups won't be satisfied until the policies are in force. The announcement came after the White House insisted there was nothing the administration could do to stem the flow of deportations short of Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform, which is unlikely to happen soon. It came as Hispanic lawmakers were weighing a formal statement demanding Obama act on his own. Obama asked Jeh Johnson, the Department of Homeland Security secretary, to conduct the review.