Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told a Nevada newspaper that he hopes that President Obama will use executive action to end the massive deportations of immigrants currently occurring nationwide. According to the report:
“We have to get comprehensive immigration reform now,” Reid said. “There’s so many tragic cases that need to be resolved. And that can happen if we have comprehensive immigration reform.”
Despite Obama’s repeated appeals for reform, his administration has deported nearly 2 million people — the highest number under any sitting president — according to faith leaders and immigration advocates, who have been protesting outside the White House and getting arrested.
Reid, asked whether he believes there should be a moratorium on deportations until there is reform, said he would like to see the Obama administration address the issue, but he emphasized the best answer is to fix the broken immigration system.
“I would hope that administratively, the president will do what he can to take a look at deportations, but he is being burdened by the law as it exists and we need to change it,” Reid said.