Target: President of the United States of America Barack Obama
Goal: Thank the President for pursuing immigration reform though executive action
Immigration reform might finally be moving ahead as President Obama announced he would use his executive powers to achieve progress in the area. According to the Associated Press, Representative John Boehner, the conservative Speaker of the House, told the president recently that the House would not make any effort to pass immigration reform. Although there is a good possibility that immigration reform could pass the House, the Speaker will not allow it to come up for a vote. A previous petition on ForceChange urged the president to pass immigration reform.
Immigration reform intends to fix problems in the current U.S. immigration system. Many of these issues involve undocumented immigrants; proposed reforms have included giving such people a path to legal citizenship and reducing deportations that split up families and send away children brought to the U.S. when they were very young. Reform could lead to more humane treatment of immigrants and a greater likelihood that non-citizens can gain citizenship.
President Obama has pushed for immigration reform for years now, and his declaration of action is a welcome development for activists and immigrants alike. Though executive action can’t ever have the same impact as Congressional action, it can still accomplish important things. By signing this petition, you will thank the president for working towards a reformed immigration system.
Dear President Obama,
Your recent announcement that you will use your executive power to attain immigration reform is a welcome development. Immigration reform has been a long time coming, and any progress at this point is good progress. Congressional action would be a great development, but in its absence any action is better than none.
Immigration reform has the potential to greatly enhance the lives of thousands of people. Everyone benefits when more people become U.S. citizens. Thank you for working to make immigration reform a reality.
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