On Tuesday, the National Day Labor Organizing Network filed a 41-page rulemaking petition with the Department of Homeland Security, calling on President Obama to immediately issue an executive order preventing the deportation of some 8 million illegal immigrants.
The NDLON stated that it was “sound policy and consistent with the President’s authority to make a categorical determination to prioritize resources away from the estimated 8 million” who would become legal under the current immigration plan being considered by the Senate.
The AFL-CIO similarly supports the plan, suggesting that Obama suspend deportations. Richard Trumka, one of Obama’s chief supporters, said, “If I were president, I would have said the following: ‘It’s a broken system. Except for violent criminals, no more deportations until you help me fix a broken system.’”
In 2012, in an attempt to woo Latino voters, President Obama deferred deportations for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants aged 16-30 whose parents took them into the United States as children.