What Is Obama's Position on Immigration Policy?


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President Obama's position on immigration policy is to create pathways to citizenship for men, women and children who currently live in the Untied States illegally. He also supports other reforms that would enhance border security and untangle immigration bureaucracies, according to White House documents.

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As of 2014, the White House's website lists other aspects of Obama's proposed reform package, including a provisional legal status for undocumented workers as they await approval of their citizenship applications. The president's plan would require applicants to submit themselves to background checks, pay back taxes and take other steps to qualify for citizenship.

Additionally, the president's plan would expedite citizenship applications for children who were brought to the country illegally and who are pursuing advanced education or service in the military, according to the White House.

In 2012, President Obama adopted an executive order that allowed undocumented people younger than 30 who were brought to the United States before they were 16 to delay deportation for two years, according to CNN.

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, Obama said he also favors increasing security along the U.S. border and claimed that illegal crossings were already at a 40-year low, according to a transcript of his remarks from ABC News. The White House says the Obama administration has more than doubled the number of Border Patrol agents, from 10,000 in 2004 to 21,000 in 2011.

As of 2014, Obama has pledged several times to sign another executive order on immigration policy, according to The Atlantic. He has said that his "overriding preference" is for Congress to pass immigration reform legislation and emphasized that he is willing to exert executive authority to address the issue in the absence of Congressional action.

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