Law Profs to Obama: You Have Authority to Help DREAMers

Law Profs to Obama: You Have Authority to Help DREAMers

"This week student leaders presented White House officials with a letter signed by more than 90 immigration law professors who argued that the president has “clear executive authority” to halt deportations of illegal immigrants who might benefit from the student legislation. The professors, from universities across the country, pointed to several measures the president could take under existing laws to defer deportations and permit young immigrants to stay temporarily.  The law professors’ letter, which reads like a legal brief, was intended as a response to administration officials who have said Mr. Obama does not have the authority to issue a reprieve for large groups of illegal immigrants. One measure they cite was used by President Jimmy Carter to admit thousands of Cubans to the United States in 1980, during the mass exodus known as the Mariel boatlift.  “We did not want doubt about the president’s legal authority to muddy the waters of the debate,” said Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was an author of the letter." - New York Times, May 31, 2012.