"Since the DREAM Act was narrowly defeated in Congress in December
2010, DREAMers around the country have been calling on President Obama
to provide executive relief to immigrant youth and their families.
However, the Obama Administration has repeatedly stalled, saying that
they lack the legal authority to grant this type of relief. Legal experts disagree. On a press call Friday, legal experts in conjunction with DREAM leaders discussed the details of a newly released memo to the White House, in which nearly 100 law professors have outlined the legal mechanisms by which the President could grant executive relief. ... As Michael Olivas, Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of
Houston Law Center said, 'It’s never been a question of legal
authority. It’s been about political will.'” - Van Le, June 1, 2012.