Deferred Action Could Aid Future Enforcement

By John Miano, August 22, 2012

Keeping on top of the mess that is our guestworker programs keeps me so busy that I do not have enough time to devote to the rest of the immigration system.

The big news there is President Obama's "deferred action" program in which he is granting an amnesty to certain illegal aliens. Through this administrative amnesty, illegal aliens who register can avoid deportation and get a work permit.

The key word here is deferred. The current president might be able to get away with not enforcing the law. But what about the next president? Or the one after that?

Obama's administrative amnesty can be swept aside by any subsequent president. A new president who decides to enforce the law will have, thanks to Obama, 1) a list of people who are in the country illegally, 2) information on where to find them, and 3) an admission that they are in the country illegally.

Obama's "deferred action" could be major asset for future enforcement.