Illegal immigrants are preparing to ask President Obama to pardon some 750,000 illegal immigrant Dreamers, saying it’s their last, best hope to stave off what they fear will be a wave of deportations once Donald Trump takes office.
Community leaders have planned a rally in New York on Wednesday to make the request.
“Millions of law abiding undocumented immigrants are fearful of what will happen when the new Administration takes control in January,” the group said in a statement announcing the rally. “However, President Obama has the power of pardons that he can use to protect all DACA enrollees.” …
Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager at NumbersUSA, which lobbies for stricter immigration enforcement, said an Obama pardon could erase from their records the illegal behavior of entering the country illegally. But the president couldn’t put illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship through a pardon.