The president sees this as being outside his authority, but such an action wouldn’t be without precedent. In 2012, his administration created a program that lets young undocumented immigrants live and work in the U.S. legally. Marisa Franco, lead organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s #Not1More campaign, responded to the Pew report on Thursday by calling out Obama. “The numbers show that immigrant communities want relief and aren’t fooled by D.C. spin that tell them the president can’t do it,” she said in a statement. “The first stop on the path to equality is to remove the roadblock of deportations. We need immediate relief now.” Congress could also pass legislation to quell deportations. But the most promising legislative push in years ended in a whimper this December.

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