WASHINGTON — After meeting with Homeland Security Secretary
Last month, President
Johnson arrived for the morning meeting at the Capitol with a file full of potential immigration law changes. Latino leaders also presented their own six-page proposal of reforms, including a halt to deportations of many of the estimated 11 million immigrants who would have qualified for legal status by paying fines and learning English under a bipartisan
An hour later, the lawmakers left saying that their concerns were understood.
The meeting comes as protesters have been camped in front of the
Any move by the White House to take executive action could complicate matters.
On the one hand, the threat of administrative action could push Republicans to join the debate. But if the administration goes it alone, that would probably dash any hopes for legislative compromise because it would anger Republicans.
Already, the White House has used it executive authority to temporarily halt the deportations of the so-called dreamers, young people brought the country illegally as children.
No administrative action is expected until later this year. Rep.
"The more executive orders this president does, the more difficult it is," Denham said.
[For The Record, 11:29 a.m. PDT April 10: An earlier version of this post referred to Rep. Raul Hinojosa (R-Texas). The lawmaker's name is Ruben Hinojosa.]