Many within the immigration advocacy circles have argued that President Obama has the authority to further prioritize deportations to keep families together, especially after the administration took action last year to implement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program allows the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize deportations by not focusing on young people who arrived in this country as children. To be eligible, undocumented young people must meet a set of criteria.
Some say that the President cannot do more than has already been done without ignoring the power of the federal legislature. The role of the executive is to faithfully execute the laws. Congress is tasked with making and amending laws.
Check out this segment that recently aired on PBS News Hour with Gwen Ifill with perspective from Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center and David Martin of the University of Virginia School of Law: