DHS Chief Believes Victory Can Still Be Reached In Legal Fight over Immigration

Jeh Johnson, general counsel to the Department of Defense, addresses the media during a press conference in the Pentagon March 25, 2010. The conference was held to announce a series of changes to the Department of Defense?s Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell policy. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy/Released)

“It has been the tradition of this great nation that, ultimately, we hear their claims and grant them relief,” says Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS). “I believe we will prevail,” stated Johnson, after a federal judge and an appeals court temporarily blocked the measures, which would make up to 5 million undocumented immigrants eligible for deportation relief, including undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Johnson believes that the legal fight over immigration will eventually be won, and the Obama Administration will proceed with its plan to shield millions of undocumented people in the United States. He added that the president’s actions, known as deferred action, are “the right thing to do.”

In a public opinion survey of 2013 Americans were asked whether the number of immigrants entering the country illegally was higher or lower compared to 2003. 55%, the majority, of Americans said illegal immigration had risen.  In fact, Johnson said “the opposite is true,” indicating that illegal immigration flow to the U.S. is far lower than in the past. Factors contributing to these changes according to other experts include events such as the demographic changes and steady economic improvements in Mexico.