Top lawmaker says he expects pause in deportations of Central Americans

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Posted: Jan 12, 2016 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday he believed the Obama administration would pause its deportation of undocumented Central American families.

Reid told reporters on Capitol Hill that he had spoken to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about the issue on Tuesday afternoon.

"He understands the concern we have," Reid said. "I think you are going to find a pause in these deportations."

Reid did not offer any further details. Asked if it would be announced on Tuesday night in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Reid said: "I don't know."

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Beech)