The continuous failure of legislators to act on a sensible comprehensive immigration reform perpetuates the broken immigration system the U.S. has in place. In the meantime, the Obama administration has taken a step in the right direction, contends Erika de la Garza, program director of the institute's Latin America Initiative. In a blog post, she argues:

"The administration"s announcement applies only to cases already in the system, and seeks to ensure that low-priority cases no longer clog up the already overburdened immigration court system. The policy does not grant legal status to any immigrant; it is an administrative decision to close low-priority cases or decline enforcement action."