Obama tells Latinos immigration policy shift won’t hurt them later

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to reassure Latinos on Tuesday that signing up for deportation relief under his new immigration policy was safe and would not put them in jeopardy if his White House successor tried to overturn the action.

Supported strongly by immigration activists and staunchly opposed by many Republicans, Obama’s controversial executive action removed the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. But it sparked fears that coming out of the shadows now could leave immigrants vulnerable later if another administration rescinded the policy.

Under the policy enacted last month, eligible undocumented immigrants must submit to background checks and start paying taxes.

During a town hall style question and answer session in Tennessee, Obama acknowledged a new president could try to reverse his orders.

“It’s true that, theoretically, a future administration could do something that I think would be very damaging,” he said. “It’s not likely politically that they reverse everything that we’ve done, but it could be … that some people then end up being in a disadvantageous position”…

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    If you want to stay in the U.S. illegally, you can stay in the U.S. illegally.
    Let me be clear.
    Perree-id.

  • Hard Little Machine

    There is no way to discriminate Obama’s ‘4’ million from 100% of everyone else in that pool. Day one the system will be swamped and Obama will suddenly decide to admit ‘mistakes were made (not by him)’ and that all 13 million illegalitos must be amnestied but that they’ll figure out some way to winnow them out later on (of course they won’t).

  • Hard Little Machine

    Seriously, anyone in the US as a legal alien on their way to citizenship should immediately start planning on leaving the US and starting again in another country. The US does not want you and is laughing at your efforts to stay within the law all these years. Laughing, You are now at the BACK of the line.,