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President Obama pressured on immigration reform

President Obama has been catching a lot of heat recently for the lack of action within the federal government on the promised immigration reform. The president has recently met with important figures in the business and entertainment worlds who have expressed their desire for more to be done to stop the vast deportations of illegal immigrants.

In past three weeks, Obama has also held three meetings on the issue with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, but none of the meetings have led to anything substantial happening with immigration reform, the Associated Press reported.

This week, President Obama told members of the all-Democratic Caucus that he would continue to strive for immigration reform in the coming weeks and months, and that the reform needed to come from the legislature. The Hispanic lawmakers responded that they want the president's help in allowing certain groups of illegal immigrants to stay in the country until the immigration law reform actually occurs.

More specifically, the Hispanic lawmakers have asked Obama to use his executive authority to stop the high number of deportations, especially of young illegal immigrants. However, two White House advisers announced this week that the Obama administration will not accept proposals that require the president to take executive action excusing certain populations within the immigrant community from deportation.

Although, when the advisers were asked by the press if the president would be asking the Homeland Security Department to change its current deportation methods, they said that the department is already considering taking action in a variety of ways, the Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press reported that many immigrant advocates have expressed frustration over Obama's inability to get Congress to come together to pass any sort of comprehensive immigration bill, especially as many state legislatures are imposing strict immigration bills of their own. The Associated Press said that this frustration could lead to Obama receiving fewer votes from the Hispanic population in the 2012 election than he did in 2008 if the issue continues to stall.

Source: Yahoo News, "Hispanic lawmakers press Obama on immigration," Suzanne Gamboa, 5/3/2011.

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