Former Mayor and Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, who is considered one of the leaders of America's Hispanic community, tells Newsradio 1200 WOAI that expanding the so called 'Delayed Action' program is expected to be one of the steps President Obama takes last month in his long awaited most to take the initiative on immigration reform.
The President has said that Congress has failed in its attempt to approve a workable immigration plan, and Cisneros agrees.
"The President gave the Congress every chance to act, and has begged Congress for action, but years have passed and nothing has been done, and no bill will be passed this summer."
So Cisneros says Obama is prepared to take several steps on his own.
"The President is considering extending the Deferred Action program for people who were brought here as children, had no say in the decision, but have been Americans effectively for their entire lives, to be legal, not citizens, but legal."
Cisneros says that program may be expanded to affect more people.
"Now there is some consideration that could be expanded to include their parents, and expand the ages, and the length of time people have to have been here to qualify," he said. "It would add a number of people to the mix, and I think it's the right thing to do."
Cisneros will moderate a form on immigration reform at the People en Espanol conference in San Antonio on Sunday.
He says even for first or second generation Hispanics, immigration is a key issue.
"There is no question that that move Mexican Americans feel strongly that the immigration system is broken now, and that people are suffering," he said. "I think there's a sense of connection for most people, because somewhere in their family background, someone came to the United States that way."
Cisneros expects the President to agree to an 'eventual way to earn citizenship' for illegal immigrants, and he says there will be no 'blanket amnesty' for the undocumented.
"Paying some fines, paying past taxes, learning the language, and learning American laws as an earned process to citizenship, that is the right way to proceed."