This week at a gala held by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) urged President Obama to ease deportations of immediate family members of citizens, Green Card holders and DREAMers. He stated: "The detention and deportation of moms and dads who are just trying to make ends meet is an outrage and it is a tragedy."

The President maintains the executive authority to expand parole in place to immediate relatives of citizens, and other individuals that are otherwise eligible for a Green Card but for their undocumented status.

The time has long past for him to use it.