Professor Motomura Quoted in Multiple Outlets on a Possible Executive Order on Immigration

November 17, 2014 – Professor Hiroshi Motomura is quoted in New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek and Los Angeles Times articles about President Obama possibly issuing an executive order that could offer legal documents to as many as five million immigrants in the country illegally.

Motomura commented in the New York Times about the current immigration system:

“The system that Congress has created and funded relies heavily on discretion,” said Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies executive powers in immigration. “The president needs to have enforcement priorities, and he needs to apply them in a way that is uniform, predictable and nondiscriminatory.”

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He’s quoted in the Washington Post:

But Hiroshi Motomura, a legal scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that it would be impossible for federal officials to deport all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. He argued that Obama can't be blamed for trying to sort out the consequences of years of lax enforcement.

"This is a system that Congress created," Motomura said.

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Motomura commented in Bloomberg Businessweek:

“As a legal matter, his discretion is really broad,” Hiroshi Motomura, a professor at UCLA School of Law, told me in July. “As a political matter, I think it’s much more constrained.” 

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Motomura is also quoted in the Los Angeles Times: 

UCLA law professor Hiroshi Motomura has been a leading voice for the view that enforcement policy is entrusted to the president.

"He cannot change the rules for granting permanent resident status or putting noncitizens on a path to citizenship," Motomura said. "But he has the legal authority to set priorities for enforcement." That may include giving "temporary reprieves to a significant number of unauthorized migrants."

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