What Are Obama's Immigration Policies?


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As of 2015, President Barack Obama's immigration policy includes reforming immigration laws by focusing on deporting felons instead of families, according to the White House. The administration's plans include increasing funding to protect the United States from immigrants illegally crossing the U.S. border.

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What Are Obama's Immigration Policies?
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A focus on deporting felons who pose a security risk, such as terrorism and gang affiliation, helps grow the U.S. economy, explains Organizing for Action. President Obama believes that taking this action helps shrink the deficit by up to $25 billion over the course of a decade. Illegal immigrant children who have stayed in the United States for more than five years have the opportunity to file a relief deportation forum under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, explains the Department of Homeland Security. Although this policy allowed qualified immigrants to escape deportation beginning in 2012, subsequent immigration accountability executive actions by President Obama in 2014 require them to contribute to taxes and undergo a background check.

Organizing for Action projects an estimate of a $210 billion addition to the economy within a 10-year time frame of the executive actions on immigration taking effect, as qualified immigrants integrate into the community. These actions help the government focus its resources on criminals and not families trying to make it into the United States. This proposed added income helps focus more funding toward border patrol efforts. Disputes over program funding exist in 2015, and the Obama Administration projects to provide Border Patrol with the necessary tools to help fight and protect American borders, says Organizing for Action.

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