AILA President Explains How Obama Is Failing When It Comes To Immigration

AILA gave the Obama administration a failing grade for its treatment of refugee and humanitarian protection.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently released a report grading President Barack Obama on his handling of immigration, and the results are quite mixed.

Victor Nieblas, AILA's president, explained to HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Thursday that they "had to fail" Obama for his track record on refugee and humanitarian protection. Nieblas said:

"With what's going on with Central American refugees -- women and children coming into the United States, seeking help from the United States -- instead of helping them, the administration has detained them, has detained children and women. And not only that [but] also labeled them a security threat. A national security threat."

But it's not all bad news for the commander-in-chief, who was given a "good effort" on relief for the undocumented. AILA also listed a series of recommendations for Obama to complete in his last year, which includes reducing prosecutions for illegal entry and reentry, and resettling at least 100,000 Syrian refugees.

"Finish what you've promised," Nieblas said. "Finish that homework. Finish those announcements and hopefully by the end of his presidency all those grades will go up and maybe we'll have a different view."

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