The specific actions the Obama administration plans on taking to fight the humanitarian crisis at the Texas border are not yet known. However, there is now promising evidence that the president is not about to let a resolution get shot down by Congress, where solutions go to die.
According to Time, pro-reform activists of the group America’s Voice met with President Obama and his aides on June 30 to discuss the situation. Not entirely surprisingly, the president allegedly stated that he intended to act before the midterm elections. The executive director of the activist group said afterwards that “[Obama] seems resolute that he’s going to go big and go soon.”
This interpretation of the president’s intentions was greatly reenforced by a decisive speech in which President Obama pledged to use executive action to fix the broken immigration system.
So, if he plans to take executive action, and take it before November, what kind of changes could we and—more importantly — the children of Central America hope for?
If President Obama really wanted to stir things up, he could try to act under a bill that is currently stalled in the Senate and effectively halt deportations for 8 million immigrants.
However, it is more likely that he will take more modest but effective steps to strengthen DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). A Congressional aide even said:
While there are several options to provide temporary deportation relief, we expect an expansion of the DACA program to other groups of individuals to be the most clear opportunity.
Regardless of what is planned for the coming months of 2014, it can be expected before the vital November midterms.
With the Republican party facing the political identity crisis of the century, a high profile failure is the last thing they need.