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President Obama was grilled Wednesday by anxious immigrants concerned about the fate of their undocumented relatives after a court ruling and a clash with Congress have left them in the lurch.
Fielding questions at a town hall meeting in Miami, Obama reassured a young veteran wounded in Afghanistan who was worried that his mom would get deported.
“I’m confident that your mother qualified under the executive action I have put forward [not to be deported],” Obama told the vet, Eric Naravayas.
“There has to be some kinda gray area for a situation like this ‘cause I — I put in a lot of time and I love this country,” Naravayas said.
Immigration activist Erica Andiola, whose mom could be deported, asked, “What’s going to happen to my family? Given the fact that immigration reform, it’s not going to happen anytime soon and we know that because of the politics in Congress. What’s gonna happen in the meantime when my mom — and my family if immigration enforcement comes to my house once again?”
Obama said, “We’re still going to make sure your mom is not prioritized for enforcement. She should feel confident about that. I want her to feel confident about that short term. Long term, we need to get a path to citizenship.”
Obama issued executive actions to stop deportations of an estimated 4 million illegal immigrants after failing to get a bill through the GOP House.