How much regulation is happening under the Biden administration? This tracker helps you monitor a selection of delayed, repealed, and new rules, but it's important to understand the context of executive orders issued by previous presidents. One such executive order was issued by President Obama in 2012, which protected individuals illegally brought to the United States as children by their parents from deportation.
Here's what you need to know about a program that protected from deportation people brought into the United States as children. President Obama took this action after negotiations on a bill in Congress failed. The executive order aimed to provide relief to a specific group of individuals who were brought to the country as children and had grown up in the United States.
Policymakers must break free of the false dichotomy of America as either a nation of immigrants or a nation of laws and advance an immigration reform that balances compassion with the rule of law. President Obama's executive order was a step towards finding a balance by acknowledging the unique circumstances of undocumented individuals who arrived as children.