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Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Homeland Security chief, Hispanic lawmakers meet on immigration

Homeland Security chief, Hispanic lawmakers meet on immigration

"This was a wake-up call that Trump, Sessions and Kelly are serious about mass deportation and are anxious to get started", Mr. Gutierrez said. "But our country and political forces are not ready yet", he added.

On Thursday, Trump said the decision about whether to challenge the program "is a decision that I make and it's a decision that's very, very hard to make". "There are two sides of a story", he said.

It was the second meeting between Kelly and the CHC, which peppered the secretary about Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests, removal of undocumented immigrants who have served in the USA military and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has told Hispanic lawmakers that a program that protects young immigrants from deportation is likely illegal, though he is personally supportive.

President Trump said Thursday that he, and not subordinate officials, would make the decision about what to do with President Obama's program that shields more than 750,000 people from deportation who were brought to the US illegally as children.

After a meeting between Mr. Kelly and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Mr. Gutierrez said he's not optimistic on either program.

"The administration claims to only arrest 'bad hombres, ' but ICE's own data shows an increase in deportations among nonviolent offenders or immigrants with no criminal record", Kihuen said.

"Again that was a personal observation based on discussions with attorneys", Lapan said.

The newly minted secretary, a former Marine general, has said it's up to Congress to solve the big issues involved in immigration. Bob Menendez. "So between that and what he says is the legal analysis he's heard, it's not a pretty picture". "The legal authorities that he's spoken to suggest that DACA can not be sustained legally".

There is a pending lawsuit on a related program, deferred action for parents of childhood arrivals, that will come up in September, and attorneys general from 10 states are threatening to add DACA to their complaints, which could force the administration to defend or abandon it.

"He said he would consider it", said Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif.

"If you're going to count on Jeff Sessions to save DACA, then DACA is ended", Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez said.

As a candidate, President Trump promised to revoke DACA, which was created in 2012, along with a 2014 executive order that also sought to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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