WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The White House says President Barack Obama has ordered a review of U.S. deportation practices to see whether immigration enforcement can be more humane.
Obama met Thursday with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss efforts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.
The White House says Obama told the lawmakers he’s deeply concerned about the pain families feel when they are separated because of the broken immigration system.
Obama has asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to perform an inventory to see whether enforcement can be conducted more humanely while adhering to the law.
The announcement comes as immigrant rights activists who are frustrated by the lack of progress in Congress have been pressuring Obama to halt all deportations. Obama has said he can’t take that step unilaterally.