Hilda Solis

Homeland Security chief implores immigrants to 'step forward'

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson on Thursday asked immigrants in Los Angeles to “step forward” and apply for President Obama’s expanded deferred action program.

At a packed event at the L.A. Central Library, Johnson touted the benefits of the program, which will grant up to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally the chance to stay and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

He went so far as to present his own pen to one woman who raised her hand when he asked who in the room was eligible to apply.

“Ma’am, I’d like you to fill out your application with it,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s visit to Los Angeles is a part of a major public relations...