President Obama called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year in a TIME magazine op-ed posted Sunday in which he explained the reasoning behind his decision to stop deporting "Dreamers." Obama writes that Congress's failure to act on immigration spurred him to implement the new immigration policy.
So in the absence of any action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what DHS has taken steps to do is focus immigration enforcement resources in the right places…
There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because deserving young people should be able to plan their lives in more than two-year increments.
He decided to change the policy, Obama writes, because deporting these young immigrants "makes no sense."
It makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans. They’ve been raised as Americans and know this nation as their own. To expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents or because of the inaction of politicians makes no sense.