Today President Obama announced a common-sense policy change that will make our immigration system fairer and smarter. I'm proud to support it, and I hope you are, too.
Under the administration's guidance, immigration courts are going to focus on deporting people who have been convicted of crimes or who pose a security risk. This means that the courts will focus less on "low-priority" cases—like young people who were brought here as small children and know no other home or veterans and military spouses.
So the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice will be reviewing the current deportation caseload, clearing out low-priority cases, and making sure these cases don't get into the system in the first place—keeping the focus on cases that will make our country safer. It's a smart, strategic change. And it will make a difference.
But more comprehensive change requires Congress to act. And we'll need to build momentum for this fight by raising awareness and demanding action on immigration reform. That starts with getting the word out to our friends and family about this important policy change.
In last week's Republican debates in Iowa, the candidates talked about walls, as if higher and longer fences could magically resolve this complex issue.
The Republican presidential candidates are carbon copies of the congressional Republicans who have blocked common-sense change at every turn.
President Obama, and the majority of Americans, know that the real answer is much more complicated. That's why he's directing our immigration courts to focus on the cases that keep our country safe.
There's a lot more we can do to improve our broken immigration system. President Obama will need us to keep up the pressure on our members of Congress to make that change happen.
Today's announcement represents important progress that the President can make right now. Show you stand with him by passing on this good news to your friends.