Do immigration deferrals make sense?

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano argued that the Obama administration’s new policy on granting deportation deferrals allows DHS to focus its resources more effectively. “Our focus on removing those who pose a threat to our communities can be strengthened even further by preventing low-priority cases from overwhelming our resources,” she wrote. Under the policy that began last week, young people who were brought to the United States as children and who meet other guidelines and requirements can receive temporary work permits. Others contend that the policy rewards illegal immigration and that any policy changes should come from Congress, not the administration.