(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it sparked fears that coming out of the shadows now could leave immigrants vulnerable later if another administration rescinded the policy.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”…