Last March, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced that he would revise the deportation policies of the county, and the announcement caused discomfort among the more conservative Republicans which oppose the approval of immigration reform, but, it might also serve as a precedent for Democrats to capitalize again on the Latino vote, facing the 2016 presidential elections.
However, before approving wide measures to reduce the number of deportations in the U.S., the White House must reach a conciliatory agreement with the parts that oppose this reduction, owing to the proximity of legislative elections in November.
As Reuters highlighted on Tuesday, it's expected that on the upcoming weeks, the government of President Obama will present the revisions to the policies to determine the way in which undocumented immigrants are selected to be ejected from the U.S.
With an immigration law project stuck in the House of Representatives, with a Republican majority, the revision to these policies for deportations have raised a new bout of hope for the close to 11 million undocumented immigrants living with the fear of being expelled from the country and being separated from their families.
However, the news agency reports, experts agree that it's very likely that the changes Obama might achieve will be modest, since the White House hopes to reach a legislative agreement before the November legislative elections.
As he promised last November. President Obama asked the Department of Homeland Security to place special attention on key points to decide who should be deported.
Lower periods of time for undocumented immigrants to be considered "new", greater examination of the records of detainees and protection to immigrants serving in the armed forces of the United States are some of the areas expected to be modified in the coming weeks, reported Reuters.
But before approve these modifications, the President must carefuly weigh the course of action he could take.
If he choses to apply significant measures in the deportation mechanisms, Hispanic voters might renovate their support for the White House, support that in recent years has been seriously weakened due to the record number of deportations reached during his term, a "betrayal" which will not be easily forgotten.
On the contrary, if he adopts modest measures, the negative effects might reach ballots for the election of Democrat legisltors in November.
But most importantly, if he choses to approve drastic measures, he risks creating an ever great chasm between Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives, legislators who will be fundamental for the approval of an awaited immigration reform which would open a way to citizenship for the almost 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.