USA Today's Alan Gomez: WH "Doesn't Think" It Can "Stop All Deportations"


ALAN GOMEZ, USA TODAY: I believe they think they can go very, very far. And, understand, this is pretty much they're viewing this as an extension from what they did a couple years ago, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, where they protected close to 600,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.

And in their view, they're allowed to pick who they're going to focus their immigration enforcement efforts on. And, so by doing this, so they think what they can do now is extend that to one, two, three, four, million people. So long as they don't say we're not going to deport anybody, they think they can protect certain group of the undocumented population.

So, trust me they've been told-- they've been suggested, advocated, pushed to prevent -- to stop all of the deportations completely.

They don't think they can do that. So what they're looking at is about a group of about 3.5 million is what we're hearing right now. Maybe 4.5 million. And mostly parents of children who are U.S. citizens and legal residents in this country, so that's about 3 of 4 million people. It may be more, may be less, but it sounds like that's kind of the ballpark where they are settling in to.

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