[Ed. – This goes along with their demand for mass presidential “pardons” for DACA/DAPA illegals. I wouldn’t bet against Obama giving them both things — but waiting until just before 20 January, so that Trump would have to do something “unsightly” to interdict the process his first few days in office. If Obama does it now, he can’t set Trump up for anything, and it’s a wasted political bullet.]
Immigration advocates are asking the Obama administration to release thousands of detained Central American women and children who want asylum in the U.S., citing concerns that Donald Trump will deport them after his inauguration in January.
Representatives of groups including the Women’s Refugee Commission and the American Immigration Lawyers Association met with White House officials last week to discuss a host of immigration issues, including the fate of about 4,000 Central American detainees, some as young as two years old, who have fled violence in their home countries. They’re housed in jail-like facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania, some for more than a year, as they wait for the government to process their asylum pleas.
Immigration advocates want the president to either end the practice of detaining families altogether, as they’ve been requesting for years, or direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release families with a notice to appear before a judge on their own recognizance.